| Chandigarh |October 10, 2020 6:29:49 am
Members of assorted farmer teams block rail tracks in Patiala on Friday. (Photograph: Harmeet Sodhi)
The continuing ‘rail roko’ agitation in opposition to farm legal guidelines has prompted energy outages and cargo shedding in Punjab as a consequence of diminished energy technology because the protest had severely hit incoming coal provides.
Whereas agriculture tubewells are getting energy provide just for two hours, the home customers are dealing with energy cuts throughout peak hours.
The state’s thermal crops have diminished their energy manufacturing by virtually half and are left with depleting coal provides.
Sources mentioned that the state of affairs might worsen within the coming days if the coal provide will not be resumed instantly. Farm unions, in the meantime, have known as a gathering on Saturday (October 10) in Barnala to take a name on stress-free the rail blockade.
“I can say that we’ll not enable an entire blackout. However the state of affairs goes to worsen if the coal provide will not be restored. The business has simply limped again to its regular manufacturing after Covid-19 lockdown. Now, energy scarcity is staring in our face. If the agitation continues, then we might face acute scarcity of energy,” A Venu Prasad, CMD, the Punjab State Energy Company Restricted (PSPCL), instructed .
Whereas state owned thermal crops, together with Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat, usually are not producing any energy, the federal government depends on manufacturing from Rajpura, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Thermal Energy Crops, in addition to buying energy from different sources.
Depleting shares a fear
The Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat thermal crops had produced 19 lakh models and 33 lakh models, respectively on October eight final yr, however these two coal-fired thermal crops haven’t been producing a single unit since mid-September.
The Talwandi Sabo Thermal Plant was left with coal provides that will suffice just for two days, Rajpura Thermal Plant for 5 days and Goindwal Thermal Plant didn’t have any inventory and was anticipated to close down on Saturday.
The Talwandi Sabo plant is awaiting 30 rakes of coal, Rajpura plant needed to obtain 10 rakes, and Goindwal plant’s eight rakes are caught because of the agitation because the trains usually are not working. As many as four rakes of Ropar plant and 5 of Lehra Mohabbat have been stopped on the best way.
Drastic minimize in energy technology
Whereas Talwandi Sabo diminished its manufacturing to 158 lakh models on Thursday from 240 lakh models on the identical day final yr, the Talwandi Sabo plant has diminished its manufacturing from 222 lakh models on Wednesday to 189 lakh models on Thursday.
Equally, Goindwal plant’s manufacturing on Thursday was 383 lakh models on Thursday in comparison with 468 lakh models the identical time final yr.
“All crops are working at half the capability to maintain operations. As shutting down and restarting models prices over Rs 1 crore every, these crops try to run to half the capability,” a functionary mentioned.
“Now we have been shopping for energy from exterior sources. However there’s a technicality concerned. We can not buy greater than 6500 MW from the personal sources. Additionally, there are transmission points. And one can not all the time depend on buying from the open market. If we’re unable to get energy from exterior, we’ll face an enormous drawback,” mentioned Prasad.
At current, the state has a requirement of seven,000 MW and as business is making an attempt to get again to its regular manufacturing, the demand could go up within the coming days. This might result in issues. Additionally, the facility provide has been curtailed to agriculture feeders through the day as no rapid want for water is being felt.
The farmers, beneath the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been squatting at rail tracks since September 24.
In a press release two days in the past, CM Amarinder Singh had identified that because of the extended blockade of products trains, the state of affairs at Punjab’s coal crops was vital and so they have been left with solely 5 to 6 days’ provide of coal.
The state is drawing 125 lakh models from Hero Energy Plant, 132 lakh models from BBMB, 62 lakh models from Nationwide Hydro Energy Company, 114 lakh models from Nationwide Thermal Energy Company, 48 lakh models from Nuclear Thermal Energy Crops.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, a farmer chief mentioned that they weren’t prepared to consider that the state can not maintain with out coal.
“Why are we linked to nationwide grid? It is just to make sure that the state doesn’t endure a blackout. They’re making an attempt to harass the farmers by offering solely two hours energy provide to tubewells when the sugarcane and potato farmers want irrigation. Additionally, those that had sown late kinds of paddy want watering.”
He accused the Centre and state authorities of getting a set match with Centre. “They need the agitation to be lifted. That’s all.”
Farm unions meet in the present day
In the meantime, two days after asserting that they may go forward with the ‘rail roko’ protest until October 15, farmer unions in Punjab will meet in Barnala on Saturday for a rethink on the choice.
Sources mentioned that they may mull on stress-free the rail blockade occurring at 33 areas within the state.
Confirming the identical Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, normal secretary of BKU( Ugrahan) mentioned, “All 30 farmer unions can be assembly on Saturday at Barnala over rail roko problem.”
Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of the union, mentioned, “We’re conscious that there’s scarcity of coal, fertilizers and different items in Punjab whereas meals grains, potato and many others. have to be moved out of Punjab in order to vacate godowns for storage of paddy. All farmer unions will determine about this enchantment of the Punjab authorities on Saturday.”
DRM, Ferozepur, Rajesh Aggarwal mentioned, “Other than inconvenience to the folks of Punjab, gasoline provides usually are not reaching J&Ok due to rail roko in Punjab. It’s inflicting inconvenience to folks. The income has been deferred, I repeat as soon as once more and therefore, we can not time period it as loss.”
He added: “Although rail roko began in Punjab since September 24, nevertheless it was at choose areas and furthermore it was lifted throughout evening hours as a consequence of which few items trains have been shifting. Since October 1, we’ve got not been capable of run even a single items practice. So, motion of many important items has come to a halt.”
(WITH INPUTS FROM RAAKHI JAGGA IN LUDHIANA)
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