New meters to help Punjab save 400 MW

Chandigarh, Nov 3 (IANS) New electricity metres being installed in urban and rural areas will help Punjab save 400 MW of power by next year, state power corporation officials said here Wednesday.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Chairman-cum-Managing Director K.D. Chaudhary said over 1.9 million (19 lakh) electricity metres in urban areas and over 3.18 mn (31.88 lakh) in rural areas were being shifted to pillar boxes by Dec 2010 and March 2011 respectively.

He said this will result in saving 400 MW of power in the state.

At a high-level meeting on power sector reforms, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here Wednesday, PSPCL officials said Punjab is moving towards its target of being a power surplus state by 2011-12.

Chaudhary said the present installed capacity through thermal and hydel projects in the state was over 6,634 MW out of which PSPCL has a share of over 5,025 MW.

He said power generation would be further enhanced by 800 MW in 2011-12, 1,608 MW by 2012-13 and 1,630 MW by 2013-14 with the commissioning of various power projects inside and outside Punjab.

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