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Punjab units to remain shut two days a week

LUDHIANA, SEPT. 14. In the wake of acute power crises in the state, Punjab State Electricity Board has imposed two consecutive compulsory weekly holidays on industrial consumers in the State from today.

"The decision has been taken to meet with the uncovered gap between demand and supply, to avoid unscheduled power cuts and for ensuring reliable power supply to commercial, agricultural and domestic consumers," K.D. Chaudhary, Superintending Engineer, PSEB, said.

He said that in view of unprecedented dry spell, the demand of domestic, commercial and agriculture sectors has increased manifolds.

PSEB has maximised power purchase to the tune of 400 lakh units per day but its availability has been restricted or decreased due to low frequency and limitations of transmission capacity.

He said that compulsory weekly off days for all categories of industrial consumer shall be in addition to hourly power cut as notified from time to time.

These regulatory power cuts are purely temporary and shall be withdrawn as soon as the paddy load is tapered, he added.

Meanwhile the crippling power crises in Punjab has thrown life out of gear. Power cuts stretching up to several hours a day have brought industry and trade to a grinding halt and has put a question mark on the future of lakhs of industrial workers. -- PTI

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