Demand up, PSPCL braces for costliest paddy season in Punjab

Demand up, PSPCL braces for costliest paddy season in Punjab

Tribune Information Service

Aman Sood

Patiala, Could 10

Already reeling below monetary disaster, Punjab State Energy Company Restricted (PSPCL) should undergo a litmus take a look at because it braces up for one of many costliest paddy seasons beginning June, with a file excessive demand. It’s anticipating to spend Rs 2,000 to Rs 2500 crore on energy provide this paddy season.

Notably, Punjab has already purchased energy value over Rs 400 crore within the run-up to the paddy season. In the meantime, it expects to import coal value Rs 1,400 crore along with extra energy being purchased from varied sources to satisfy the height demand.

The ability demand within the state has already reached 9,300 MW, which is 36% greater than final yr, with Tuesday witnessing the height at 10,000 MW. Senior PSPCL officers confirmed the present paddy season was anticipated to burden the company by Rs 2,000 to 2,500 crore — highest up to now. “We anticipate to make use of over Rs 1,400 crore value coal to feed our thermal crops within the wake of file demand anticipated this season. This may embody the costly imported coal that can be purchased from outdoors the nation, within the wake of indigenous coal scarcity,” they added.

Farmers will begin the paddy transplantation throughout the state from June 1, when round 15 lakh tubewells can be drawing hundreds of thousands of litres of underground water, which is already witnessing a depletion of two.5 toes yearly. With farmer unions rejecting the proposal of phased paddy sowing in Punjab within the wake of energy situation, the PSPCL will now have to rearrange for file availability or resort to cuts to satisfy peak demand.

Consultants recommend that each tubewell pumps out 30.24 lakh litre of water every week with a mean eight hours of energy provide. The PSPCL has assured uninterrupted energy provide to the fields. With a file variety of tubewells operating within the fields to pump out underground water, the facility demand is predicted to succeed in over 16,000 MW.

As in comparison with 13.66 lakh tubewells within the 2018 season, round 15 lakh can be useful this time. The early sowing of paddy “places an additional strain on soil” and results in consumption of extreme groundwater. As many as 108 blocks within the state are below the “darkish zone” (the place water desk has fallen drastically) due to the growing space below paddy cultivation.

Consumption prone to cross 16,000 MW

The ability demand in Punjab is prone to cross 16,000 MW in opposition to final yr’s 15,000 MW, which it failed to satisfy. In case of delayed rains, energy pangs are anticipated, given common snags in thermal items and coal disaster. — Prime PSPCL official


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