In Punjab, the power crisis is deepening during the summer and paddy season. The common man and the farmers are very worried about this. On Friday afternoon, the crisis deepened as a unit of the Ropar thermal plant was shut down due to a technical fault. Despite all the restrictions, the demand for electricity in the state stood at 13500 MW, due to which Powercom could not fulfill it, people had to face cuts in many places. At the same time, farmers also got electricity for hardly two to three hours a day.
Policemen stopping AAP workers protesting in Siswan.
– Photo : Amar Ujala
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Bhagwant Mann said that the people of Punjab are protesting and only one person is enjoying sitting in his house. We have come to check the meter of CM’s farm house to know how many hours there is power cut here. Mann alleged that the anti-Punjab power agreement and mafia raj implemented in the Akali Dal and BJP government were also running under the captain’s rule. Being the power minister, the chief minister should take moral responsibility for the current power crisis. Bhagwant Mann called Sukhbir Badal’s performance on the power crisis a drama and said that the Akali Dal and the BJP government had entered into wrong agreements with private power companies. He asked former minister Bikram Singh Majithia to tell how many solar power plants were installed during the Akali government and in whose name.
Captain responsible for economic loss due to power cuts: BJP
Punjab BJP has blamed Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for the damage being caused to the industries due to undeclared power cuts and increasing hardships to the general public. BJP State President Ashwani Sharma said that the people of the state are not asking for free electricity but 24 hours electricity.
The power distribution system of the state cannot handle a load of more than 13000 MW. The Captain did not take any step to increase it. The proof of the failure of the Captain is also clear from the fact that the employees of all the government departments of Punjab are protesting on the streets for their demands. When people are not getting electricity even after paying their electricity bills, then the anger of the people is justified. There are power cuts of 10 to 12 hours in all the districts.
Sidhu should first pay the bill of his house: Sharma
Responding to Navjot Singh Sidhu speaking on the issue of electricity against the Captain in favor of the people of Punjab, Sharma said that Sidhu should first pay the electricity bill of his house, worry about the rest later. Sharma said that did Sidhu not see the power-related work of Captain Sarkar of four and a half years, who are now making noise? Sidhu is an opportunist and keeps looking for some opportunity all the time to save his political chair. Sharma said that electricity had become surplus in our government. We started selling it to other states but today Punjab is facing power problems.
The era of power cuts has once again arrived in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal
There have been long power cuts continuously for the last several days. Due to this people are facing problems. On Friday, SAD and BSP workers, under the leadership of SAD’s provincial general secretary and former Forest Minister Hans Raj Josan, staged a sit-in in front of the electricity board’s office against the power cuts. Slogans were raised against the Punjab government and Powercom. Firozpur MP Sukhbir Singh Badal said that while the Punjab government has failed on every issue earlier, now people are not getting electricity during the summer days. He said that if the power supply is not fixed then Akali Dal will start a big struggle.