Kashmir Valley faces power pangs amid scorching heat
Northern Grid Failure
Srinagar July 31: On second consecutive day today the breakdown in the northern grid brought problems for people in Kashmir Valley in sweltering heat conditions.
The power failure hit the gird at around 12:45 pm affecting the supply to Jammu and Kashmir along with other states.
Not only in the summer capital, people observing fast in the ongoing month of Ramzan faced tough time in different districts as supply remained cut off from the grid from 12:45 pm 5:45 pm amid ongoing spell of hot weather.
“Yes, there has been breakdown in the Northern Grid again today affecting power supply to different states,” said Development Commissioner Power, Manzoor Ahmad Salroo.
There were complaints of long power cuts from different areas of the city.
“We had to face long and unscheduled power cut from 8 am to 5 pm today,” said Shabir Ahmad of Raj Bagh.
In tourist hub, Dalgate and the Boulevard areas here the distress power cuts brought woes not only to the locals but tourists too.
Authorities in the PDD said they drew additional energy from different power projects operating in the state in isolation mode.
Chief Engineer, System & Operation Wing Kashmir, Sheikh Gul Ayaz said the PDD synchronized the energy from Uri-I, Lower Jhelum and also Upper Sindh and Salal to provide around 850 MW of energy to entire J&K in isolation mode.
He said around 420 MW power was supplied to Kashmir- the energy demand in the Valley hovers around 850 MW- the remaining was directed to Jammu. On Monday the PDD was able to draw only 340 MW from two power stations.
“The priority was to supply electricity to essential services including hospital,” Ayaz said.
On Monday the power supply to J&K from northern grid remained affected from 2:43 am to 2 pm due to failure in the system there.
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