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Punjab’s power plants operating at low capacity due to lack of coal, cuts started

CHANDIGARH: Due to acute shortage of coal at thermal power plants in Punjab, power company PSPCL has been forced to cut production and power cuts are being done alternately at many places in the state. An official of Punjab State Electricity Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said on Saturday that coal-fired power plants are operating at low capacity due to shortage of coal. The PSPCL official said that the power situation has become critical.

Power plants in the state now have coal reserves of up to five days. He said the plants were not being operated at full capacity to save coal. Presently the power demand in the state is around 9,000 MW. Apart from the demand for electricity from the agriculture sector, the high day temperature is also adding to the power requirements in the state, officials said. Though PSPCL officials claimed minimum power cut, there are reports of power cuts for two-three hours at many places in the state.

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