November 2018 News

Kashmir Faces 900 Mw Electricity Shortage In Peak Time

19 November 2018
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: The Kashmir region is facing the shortage of 900 Mw of electricity in the peak demand due to which the Power Development Depart­ment (PDD) has to resorted to frequent power cuts. This was revealed by Divi­sional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, during a meeting which was headed by Chief Secretary, B V R Subrah­manyam, Saturday to review the post-snowfall situation in Kashmir. Baseer informed the CS that the power scenario is being reviewed on day to day basis and the current peak demand is about 2200 MWs while as peak load served is around 1300 MWs. Reviewing the issues faced by orchardists due to the re­cent snowfall, Chief Secretary was informed that Deputy Commissioners have complet­ed the assessment of damages and disbursement of cash com­pensation has been initiated. It was revealed that the orchards in south Kashmir have suffered extensive damage which re­quires additional funds. The Divisional Commission­er, Kashmir said that as per the assessment made by DCs, an additional amount of Rs 150 crore would be needed to com­pensate the losses. Baseer said the Power De­velopment Department (PDD) has, in view of the demand-supply gap, announced a cur­tailment schedule in the Valley. Chief Secretary said the gov­ernment would explore ave­nues to augment power supply to Kashmir during winters so that there is less curtailment in view of harsh weather condi­tions. He directed PDD to pub­licize the curtailment schedule 'widely through media so that the people prepare for the same in advance.' He said PDD should also come out with a compara­tive statement regarding de­mand and supply of power for the corresponding period this year and the previous year. Chief Secretary also directed PDD to set up a dedicated help-line to address issues faced by people on account of electricity. He was informed that 241 transformers have been dam­aged and steps are being taken to create buffer stock for imme­diate replacement of damaged transformers. It was revealed that three out of four portions of 132 KV line damaged due to November 3-4 snow fall have been restored while the fourth damaged portion will be re­stored by December 25. On road connectivity, Chief Secretary was informed that all roads, earlier blocked due to recent snowfall have been cleared, except the Mughal Road. Officials said 651 water supply schemes that were im­pacted by snowfall have been completely restored. Chief Secretary also took stock of the availability of es­sential commodities includ­ing food-grains, LPG and K-Oil and called for ensuring buffer stocks to meet the demand. Responding to the demand raised by the Divisional Com­missioner, Kashmir, Chief Sec­retary made it clear that there is no dearth of funds and govern­ment will ensure that the af­fected farmers are compensated adequately. He, however, issued clear cut instructions to the DCs to ensure expeditious disburse­ment of compensation and up­date the Divisional Commission­er, Kashmir on day-to-day basis. Chief Secretary also directed Divisional Administration to make adequate arrangements for the upcoming Eid-e-Milad and Guru Nanak Dev's Ji's birthday celebrations for the convenience of the devotees. On the occasion, Chief Sec­retary reiterated the commit­ment of the Governor's ad­ministration in ensuring that people in Kashmir Division do not face any inconvenience on account of power supply and other basic services during the winter months, when the dur­bar is at Jammu.