Disruption in practice providers might additional hit coal provide in Punjab
Patiala, June 18
The countrywide agitation in opposition to the Centre’s Agnipath scheme has disturbed railway providers, leading to additional delays in coal provide to Punjab and different northern states.
Practice providers have been stopped in some states as violence continues over the brand new recruitment scheme.
“This may occasionally disrupt the motion of coal rakes particularly to Punjab and different northern states, positioned distant from coal mines in Jharkhand,” mentioned a high Punjab State Energy Company Restricted (PSPCL) functionary. “Customers can count on a worth hike in energy starting from 70 paise to
Re 1 per unit, relying on the imported coal consumption to fulfill the height paddy season demand. With this
agitation, there may very well be additional delays in practice actions, delaying coal provide,” added the official.
A senior functionary confirmed that at current Ropar had coal inventory for 16 days, Lehra Mohabbat 15 days and Rajpura 21 days. Nonetheless, the coal inventory at Talwandi Sabo is simply adequate for 5 days and at Goindwal Sahib for at some point solely.
As of now three of the 4 items of Ropar, two of the 4 items of Lehra, each items of Rajpura, all three items of Talwandi Sabo and one of many two items of Goindwal Sahib thermal crops are operating.
“From yesterday, eight-hour energy provide has been began for paddy sowing. Though as a result of fall in temperature as a result of rain in some components of the state, energy demand is hovering round 12,000 MW. However demand is anticipated to extend to fifteen,000 MW within the coming days when transplantation begins on the full swing,” mentioned one other PSPCL officer.
The PSPCL is anticipating begin of coal provide from its Pachhwara coal mine by June-end, however with agitating youth focusing on railways infrastructure, it could not occur.
Already Punjab’s energy demand is excessive this season and the restricted coal inventory has added to the troubles of the PSPCL.