Punjab Government's intention is to reduce power tariff in next two years to have a positive impact on voters in the next elections but profit making Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has chosen opposite direction by seeking a tariff hike of 13.4 per cent against possible tariff reduction.
The over dependence on private sector for power generation in Punjab and costly power purchase from them has led to poor performance of all the three state run thermal plants with increased forced outage of units on no demand.
All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), in a meeting with Power Minister Piyush Goyal, has opposed the amendments in Electricity Act 2003 whereby the entire power distribution set-up will be unbundled.
Virender Singh was member of Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) for the last five years before retiring on December 5. He talks about the PSERC role as a power sector watchdog in Punjab.