Amid major power crisis, Punjab govt cuts work hours of its offices

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday, As north India, swirls under an intense heatwave driving power demand to new highs, ordered government offices to reduce their timings from 2 July 2021.

In government offices which will function from 8 am to 2 pm, there is no decision on a ban on the use of ACs in government offices from Friday, an official spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that the Punjab Chief Minister also appealed to government offices to make careful use of electricity, adding that the situation was alarming.

The Punjab CM requested to cut down on power supply to high energy-consuming industries as the electricity demand in the state rose to over 14,000 MW a day.

The power demand peaked at 14,142 MW against the supply of 12,842 MW,  on Wednesday leaving a gap of 1,300 MW, an official of the state-owned power utility PSPCL said.

The Punjab CM further said that farmers are losing valuable paddy transplantation time due to power breakdowns and also added that the agriculture sector needed to be prioritized for an uninterrupted power supply.

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