With increase in power demand from the agriculture sector and lower water level in the Bhakra and Pong Dam reservoirs, there has been a sudden power crisis in Punjab. According to Punjab State Electricity Board officials, unscheduled power cuts are unavoidable because of the regulatory steps taken by the board for ensuring the security of the northern grid.

Chief Minister PK Dhumal has urged Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to file a supplementary affidavit before the Supreme Court supporting the claim of Himachal for 7.19 per cent share in the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) power projects commissioned before 1990 in the state.

Anandpur Sahib: The hydropower generation at Anandpur Sahib hydel channel has come to a halt with Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) stopping water supply to the channel.