Power demand to grow at rate of 8 to 10 % per annum

‘Impossible to meet growing demand despite 4 proposed power plants’

Jalandhar: The engineers association of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has termed the State Government’s claims of becoming “power surplus” in a few years with the help of four proposed plants hollow.

According to the association, it would not be possible to meet the growing electricity demands even after the four proposed Power Generation Plants become operational in the next few years.

“At present we are at least 15 per cent short of power demand and it is expected that it will grow at the rate of 8 to 10 per cent per annum in the coming years. Under such circumstances how can we claim that the State would be power surplus in the next three years,” association patron Padamjit Singh told reporters here.

He said the construction has not started on three of the four power plants awarded so far and it was not expected even in the next six months, he added.

“Even the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), which monitors the installation of power generation plants in the country, has not included even a single Punjab plant in the list of power projects expected to be completed by 2012,” he said. --PTI