‘Man Made’ Punjab Power Crisis Part of Congressional Government ‘Total Neglect’, Badal Says


SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday criticized the Congress-led government in Punjab over the current power situation, alleging that the crisis was entirely “man-made” and a direct consequence of “neglect. and lack of planning and preparation in advance. ”” His remarks come as state utility PSPCL said up to three hours of blackout a day would remain in the state until October 13. A severe coal shortage has forced the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cut power generation and impose a load loss.

“This (power crisis) is part of the overall administrative paralysis that plagues Punjab today as a result of the ruling party‘s obsession with power games and vendetta politics.

“It is a crisis that was waiting to occur and it has nothing to do with the coal shortage so touted elsewhere. The Coal Ministry has clarified that there is no coal shortage in the country. This clearly shows that the government of Punjab is the real bad guy because it did not keep the coal reserves needed to deal with such situations, ”Badal said in a statement.

“This is what this congressional government is doing in Punjab that we have turned into a surplus state of electricity,” he said.

The former deputy chief minister said power was one of the priority areas of the previous Akali government.

In addition to revolutionizing the availability of electricity, the SAD government had placed special emphasis on green energy. The state has been recognized as the leader in adding solar power capacity, he said.

Badal further alleged that “the impending crisis once again highlights the stark contrast between the impeccable and effective manner in which Akali’s government led by Parkash Singh Badal has approached the people’s problems and the totally irresponsible and incompetent manner. whose current leaders are doing it ”. .

“When we took office in 2007, the state was used to daily power cuts from 2 to 4 pm. leaders are unable to handle the situation even when there is no additional loading pressure, ”the statement added.

The SAD chief said the current power crisis was easily predictable and manageable if the government had the time and will to prepare for it in advance.

“But they have wasted nearly five years either in a ‘power crisis’ within the party or in a vendetta against political rivals. They think they don’t need to rule or tackle the problems. of the people and that they can regain power simply by putting Akalis in power. prison on false allegations, “he said.

“Coal shortages are not new and they have happened in our time as well. We have always kept enough coal in our reserves and have never let the state run into such predictable and preventable crises,” he said. added Badal.

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