PSPCL to execute 1320 MW Mukerian thermal plant —Badal
V K Gupta
March 31st, 2012

PSPCL to execute 1320 MW Mukerian thermal plant —Badal
Saturday March 31, 2012
Punjab Government is committed to set up 1320 MW Mukerian thermal project in state sector and will review the decision to give Gidderwaha thermal to NTPC , Badal said..
Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister Punjab was addressing the gathering of over 1000 power engineers at the general body meeting of PSEB Engineers association. He lauded the efforts of Association towards making Punjab a power surplus state. He was aware of the fact that the Association first watches the interest of state, then interest of state electricity board and lastly their own interest .He specially lauded the selfless efforts of Padamjit Singh for his efforts to improve the power sector in Punjab.
Badal assured that his Government was serious to improve the financial condition of the PSPCL . Punjab had obtained an additional plan assistance of Rs. 500 crore, out of which Rs 300 crores would be earmarked for the electricity sector. Further Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs.200 crore for the PSPCL.
H S Bedi in his presidential address welcomed the decision of the state government to give top priority to capacity addition so that Punjab becomes power surplus. He suggested that thermal projects should be executed not only through private companies selected through competitive bidding but should be constructed under state sector and through joint ventures.
The financial situation of PSPCL is alarming with cumulative commercial loss of more than Rs. 11,000 Cr. and subsidy burden likely to touch Rs. 5,500 crore. The working capital loan which was just Rs. 600 crore in 2002-03 crossed Rs. 10,000 crore mark ending 2010-11. A bankrupt PSPCL will lead to destruction of the economy of the state
For optimum utilization of generating capacity, integrated operation of distribution & generation functions is a must so that generation wing operates its plants according to the needs of distribution wing. Bedi warned that it would be a step backward if generation is separated from distribution. Association is totally opposed to separation of generation from distribution business and he requested Chief Minister to shelve such proposal in case it is under the consideration of the government.
The pay structure of PSEB Engineers has been historically higher than their counter parts in the state and the central government. The reason for better pay scales was working conditions in power sector are much more arduous and stringent. Bedi demanded the pay scales given to newly recruited engineers be made higher than government scales and pay anomalies of senior engineers removed.

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