Patiala: The state has started to bear the brunt of power cut as the Punjab State Power Corporation has initiated the annual maintenance process in the winter season. Going by the present situation, the power scenario is likely to dip even further in the coming few weeks.

The official sources informed that demand-supply gap is 75 lakh units. The reason behind this is that the Punjab Pollution Control Board had issued directive to shut down a unit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant which was emitting pollution above the normal standard.

The Powercom has provided rostering free electricity during the entire paddy season. It has started repair work at the plant before the stipulated time span.

Generally, it starts by December end after the sowing of wheat and continues till May end. But this year, the repair work has already started at Ropar unit which is likely to be operational by November end.

In addition, Bhatinda Plant, which has been shut for last 1.5 years, will start its production with increased capacity by December end.

The Powercom management wants to complete the repair work within 18-19 days instead of 21 days.

The Powercom spokesperson says the power cut have not affected the general consumers and commercial sector. The agricultural sector was being provided for eight hours electricity on alternate day which has been reduced to 4 hours daily.

The concerned authorities accept the demand is likely to soar during the winter season.  

JPN/Bureau