5 Thermal Units Remain Shut, Punjab Faces A Power Crisis Due To The Coal Shortage

While the newly elected AAP govt Punjab claims to ensure 300 units of free power, the state is witnessing power outages due to the shortage of coal. 

Delhi CM & AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with officials from Punjab on the issue, followed by a key meeting with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann yesterday. As per the data, the cost of giving free power is expected to be around ₹1,300 crores per month. 

CM Bhagwant Mann has also met President Sh Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Sh M. Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi to discuss several important issues concerning the interests of Punjab. 

The PSPCL officials claim that there is no shortage, but the ground reports show that there have been long power cuts. 

While one unit of Talwandi Sabo Power Limited at Mansa is shut because of a technical snag and another unit of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant at Ropar is shut for annual maintenance, two units of GVK thermal plant are shut because of coal shortage. The shutting down of four thermal units in Punjab has caused a loss of 1,410 MW.

Earlier, CM Bhagwant Mann had sought an amount of ₹1 lakh crore from the Central government to bail out his state which reels under heavy debt. According to estimates, Punjab is saddled by a debt of around ₹3 lakh crore. With such a huge burden, it’s a challenge for the AAP govt to fulfill its guarantees given to the people of Punjab during the elections.

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