Chandigarh: There is a ruckus in Punjab over the issue of severe power cuts. Now in this matter, senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has targeted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sidhu has said that if efforts are made in the right direction, there will be no need for power cuts in Punjab. The Chief Minister cannot determine the working hours of the offices and the use of ACs. This is Sidhu’s first attack on CM Amarinder after meeting Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
Punjab pays more than other states: Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted, “Punjab is buying power at an average cost of Rs 4.54 per unit. While the national average is Rs 3.85 per unit and Chandigarh is paying Rs 3.44 per unit. Punjab pays Rs 5 to 8 per unit for three private thermal plants, which is higher than other states.
PSPCL has to cut
Amidst the scorching heat, Punjab’s power demand per day has exceeded 14,000 MW, forcing state-run electricity supplier Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cut power and impose restrictions on industries.
Consumers are facing problems due to alleged irregularities in power supply in the state, against which people staged protests and blocked roads. The opposition has accused the ruling Congress of failing to supply electricity in the state as per the demand. According to PSPCL, the power demand in the state reached 14,142 MW on Wednesday while the supply was 12,842 MW.