November 2018 News
Kashmir Faces 900 Mw Electricity Shortage In Peak Time19 November 2018
Srinagar: The Kashmir region is facing the shortage of 900 Mw of electricity in the peak demand due to which the Power Development DepartÂment (PDD) has to resorted to frequent power cuts. This was revealed by DiviÂsional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, during a meeting which was headed by Chief Secretary, B V R SubrahÂmanyam, 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 reÂcent snowfall, Chief Secretary was informed that Deputy Commissioners have completÂed the assessment of damages and disbursement of cash comÂpensation has been initiated. It was revealed that the orchards in south Kashmir have suffered extensive damage which reÂquires additional funds. The Divisional CommissionÂer, Kashmir said that as per the assessment made by DCs, an additional amount of Rs 150 crore would be needed to comÂpensate the losses. Baseer said the Power DeÂvelopment Department (PDD) has, in view of the demand-supply gap, announced a curÂtailment schedule in the Valley. Chief Secretary said the govÂernment would explore aveÂnues to augment power supply to Kashmir during winters so that there is less curtailment in view of harsh weather condiÂtions. He directed PDD to pubÂlicize 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 comparaÂtive statement regarding deÂmand 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 damÂaged and steps are being taken to create buffer stock for immeÂdiate 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 reÂstored 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 imÂpacted by snowfall have been completely restored. Chief Secretary also took stock of the availability of esÂsential commodities includÂing food-grains, LPG and K-Oil and called for ensuring buffer stocks to meet the demand. Responding to the demand raised by the Divisional ComÂmissioner, Kashmir, Chief SecÂretary made it clear that there is no dearth of funds and governÂment will ensure that the afÂfected farmers are compensated adequately. He, however, issued clear cut instructions to the DCs to ensure expeditious disburseÂment of compensation and upÂdate the Divisional CommissionÂer, 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 SecÂretary reiterated the commitÂment of the Governor's adÂministration 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 durÂbar is at Jammu.