14-hour outages: Major power crisis in Punjab as demand rapidly shoots up
CHANDIGARH: Punjab, reeling under unprecedented power shortage amid an intense heatwave, is facing unbearably long electricity outages as the demand reached a high of 14,500 MW on Thursday, resulting in a shortfall of 1,330 MW in supply.
Reminiscent of the time when Punjab was yet to claim ‘power surplus’ tag, there have been long cuts in electricity supply across the state since the last couple of days.
Many areas in Mohali faced cuts of over 14 hours since the last 24 hours, Patiala and Bathinda had power outages of up to seven hours and parts of Kapurthala, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Muktsar and Ludhiana had between six and 12 hours of cuts. For over a week, the electricity supply to the state’s rural areas has been restricted and farmers are among the worst hit during the paddy transplantation season.
Under fire for not making adequate arrangements for the peak power consumption season, the Amarinder government pressed the panic button on Thursday and restricted electricity to industry and changed working hours in government offices to 8 am to 2 pm.
Urging all government offices to make judicious use of electricity, the chief minister said the situation was dire as the peak demand in Punjab had touched 14,500 MW. So far, no decision has been made to ban the use of air-conditioners in government offices.
Vote for AAP to get 24 hours free power...even during zero generation of power...
Anything offered for free has no gurantee
our punjabi CM is busy in organizing farmer's protest....l
congress incompetency on display.
Mr kejariwal giving free electricity is this that ?
In his attempts to create problema for Central government, Amarinder has destroyed Punjab. The protestors at Delhi borders will harm the Punjab more..
Amid the major power crisis in Punjab Mr Kejriwal promises free electricity. Obviously he has great chance of wng
They burn the waste of farming, which damages their state more than others. This is the result of that.
The leaders have time only for infighting. And, the super leader is busy tweeting on imaginary faults of Modi government! Hell with the public.
Punjab will have an AAP government soon, Kejriwal will produce power & will give 300 units free to the People of Punjab.
Kabul Se Pathan
Soon aap will bring free power to Punjab. But that free power supply will only be for 1 min per day.
In Punjab at least captain Amrijdar Singh is sensibly working on the issue. He has not blamed central government for the problem.
Punjab Govt achievement: Power Surplus to power deficient in five years.
Next in line may be Tamilnadu........moving towards that.
Now Pappu should come with his white paper on his vision on Punjab..
SURESH HARISHCHANDRA GUPA
Vote for AAP , no power crises, no demand increase, no load shedding, no bill payment, means People with power, AAP With Power. Good calculated move to fool public
With less than half the population of Tamilnadu, Punjab consumes 14,500MW while Tamilnadu consumes 13,000MW average. While TN is a more industrialized state than Punjab ! Doesn't make any sense. What the hell are Punjabis doing with all the electricity?
AND KEJRIWAL IS PROMISING 300 UNITS OF POWER FREE. HE HAS TURNED DELHI INTO A THIRD CLASS CITY. U CAN WELL IMAGINE WHAT WILL BECOME OF PUNJAB.
Dont Worry......Please make Kejriwal as CM of Punjab. He will give FREE electricity...
Power crunch in Punjab... Pathetic situation.