Amid the Punjab power crisis, Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sindhu on Tuesday took to his official Twitter handle and said that the hollow promises of free power have no meaning until PPAs (Power Purchase Agreement) is annulled through a "new Legislation in Punjab Vidhan Sabha". Navjot Singh Sidhu said that 300 units of free power are merely a fantasy until the faulty clauses in PPAs are keeping Punjab loaded.
Hollow promises of Free power have No meaning until PPAs are annulled through a “New Legislation in Punjab Vidhan Sabha” ... 300 units of free power is merely a fantasy, until the faulty clauses in PPAs are keeping Punjab bonded ... 1/6— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 6, 2021
Stating that the PPAs bind Punjab to pay fixed charges for 100 per cent production, whereas other States pay not more than 80 per cent, the Congres MLA said that if these fixed charges being paid to Private Power Plants under PPAs were not paid, it would directly and immediately decrease the cost of power in Punjab by Rs 1.20 per unit.
PPAs are based on a wrong calculation of power demand in the State ... Peak Demand of 13,000-14,000 MW is only for four Months whereas Non-Peak power demand falls down to 5000-6000 MW, But PPAs have been designed & signed to pay fixed charges at the peak demand ... 3/6— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 6, 2021
Remarking that there is no provision for the mandatory supply of power from these Private Power Plants during the peak season under the PPAs is even more alarming, the Punjab Congress MLA said that CM Amarinder Singh-led govt has shut down two power plants in this paddy-sowing season, without repairing them, due to which the state is forced to buy additional power.
Faulty PPAs have cost People of Punjab thousands of crore ! Punjab has paid 3200 Crore just as Coal-washing charges due to faulty replies to pre-bid queries before signing PPAs. Private Plants keep finding loopholes to file litigation that has cost Punjab 25,000 Crore already 5/6— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 6, 2021
Asserting that the current PPAs are just another example of the Badal Family's corruption, which were designed to give corrupt benefits to Badal's family, Navjot Sigh said that these PPAs are not in favour of the welfare of Punjabis. Thus, Punjab is suffering today !! “New Legislation & White-Paper on PPAs in Vidhan Sabha” is our only path to Justice, he added.
The Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) ensured farmers in the state to provide a steady power supply of 10.5 hours for their successful paddy operations, amidst the demanding hike across the domestic sector. The Chief Managing Director PSPCL, A. Venu Prasad abides to see this situation as a supreme priority of the department. They ensure to fulfil the requirements of the agriculture sector in view of ongoing paddy operations. The state ensures that the farmers across the state are being provided with a minimum of eight hours of power supply for the paddy yield. PSPCL make sure to curb the Punjab power crisis.
The Punjab government on July 1, deducted the timings of government offices and ordered a major cut down on power supply provided to the high power-consuming Industries and factories as the electricity demand in the state was upsurging to over 14,000 MW per day. The power demand in the state on Wednesday rose up to 14,142 MW more than the normal supply of 12,842 MW, added by an official of PSPCL. Industries and factories have been reported to consume a high amount of power supply in Punjab lately, neglecting the judicious use of electricity.
However, no decision regarding curbing the heavy usage of air conditioners in the government offices has been implemented, air conditioners run on a high voltage from 8 am to 6 pm every day, an official spokesperson said. The spokesperson said Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged all the government offices to avoid the over-usage of the power supply and use it as per necessity, as the situation is critical and the peak demand of electricity supply in the state has been shooting to a daunting count of 14,500 MW each day. Inefficient power supply created havoc among the farmers and led to unsuccessful paddy yields in the state.