Punjab is heading towards major power outage with its thermal plants facing a deficiency of coal in wake of non-plying of goods trains in the state for almost a month now, state officials said on Wednesday.
Most of the plants have been left with storage of two-four days and because of this, they are operating at a minimal capacity.
The current requirement of electricity per day in the state is 6,000 megawatts (MW) and it is largely met through purchase from the national grid.
“We are left with a coal supply of two-four days and the situation is going to worsen if the coal supply is not restored,” A. Venu Prasad, CMD, Punjab State Power Corp Ltd, told the media.
With the state-owned thermal plants in Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat have been shut, the government is procuring electricity laregely from other state thermal units located in Rajpura, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal.
“We are procuring 5,000 MW of power from other sources against the demand for more than 6,000 MW,” said a senior functionary.