The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has cut power generation and imposed load shedding as a result of severe coal shortages. PSPCL said that daily power cuts of up to three hours will remain in the state until October 13.
Officials at PSPCL said that because of depleted coal stocks, coal-fired power plants are operating at less than 50 per cent of their generation capacity. PSPCL said that state-owned units have coal for four days, while private power thermal plants have coal stocks of up to 1.5 days.
A Venuprasad, Chairman and MD of PSPCL, said that the utility was facing acute coal shortage in all the coal-based plants across the state. He added that the neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan faced a similar situation. He said that coal supplies are improving, and with the expected fall in demand along with improving coal stocks, the situation should ease from October 15.