New Delhi: The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has appealed all the government and public sector offices in Punjab to conserve energy and switch off ACs for the next few days. The appeal made to the government offices explained that prolonged dry spells (delayed monsoon), paddy transplantation in the state and due to power shortage owing to the failure of one unit of the Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant in Bathinda district, PSPCL is facing problems in meeting the power demand of more than 14,500 Plus MW.
In order to tide over the power shortage, it has urged to switch off ACs up to July 3. A unit of the Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant in Bathinda district went out of operation a week ago, which has forced PSPCL to buy electricity from the grid. The out of operation unit use to produce 615 MW of power. Last week due to the current paddy season, the power consumption of the state jumped to over 2,900 lakh units while power demand rose to more than 12,800 MW on June 22.
In view of this in view of the unprecedented situation, PSPCL “appeal to all the officers and offcials working in various Government Departments, Boards and Corporations to make judicious use of electricity in their offices and business centres by switching off the lights, devices and appliances when not required and switching off high power-consuming appliances like Air conditioners for the next three days” the release said.
The statement added that wherever possible, the employees are advised to avoid using multiple AC units within offices for decreasing the power load on the system besides reducing their electricity bills.
The Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered government offices to function between 8 am to 2 pm due to the power crisis.