Allaying the fears regarding shortage of power in Punjab, State Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar today said the farmers will get regular power supply during the upcoming paddy plantation season.
Assuring the farmers, the minister said the department is fully aware about the paddy season requirement and adequate arrangements have been made for the same.
Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) is prepared to meet the requirement and ensure an eight-hour uninterrupted power supply to the farmers every day, he said after a meeting held to review the arrangements made to meet the escalated demand in view of paddy plantation commencing on June 20.
Kangar said that Punjab is an agrarian state wherein the power load during peak summer and the paddy season comes to an all time high.
"The maximum demand recorded last year was 11,705 MW in July, which was a challenge to meet, but has been successfully met by arranging power from all the available sources optimally. In the year 2018, maximum demand of 12,290 MW per day is anticipated," he said.
Detailing the power arrangement scenario for paddy plantation, Kangar said that various arrangements have been made to meet this year's demand, including 700 MW from Hydro source, 1,510 MW thermal, 4,567 MW from share in Central pool, 3,187 MW from Talwandi Sabo, Nabha power and Goindwal Sahib power plants.
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