No end to power curtailments

Generation Dips, Pesky Power Cuts Irk Consumers

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Nov 17: With no improvement in power generation in the state and dip in discharge of rivers leading to fall in generation, Kashmir is witnessing severe power cuts, adding to woes of Valleyites amid cold conditions.
 Over the past few weeks the power situation in Kashmir has termed grim forcing people in different localities here and elsewhere to come on the roads and protest against the unscheduled energy cuts.
 The situation has been alike in metered and unmetered areas. “We are witnessing power cuts after every hour despite our locality being metered one,” said Musaib Ahmad of Bilal Colony Soura.
 Bashir Ahmad of Bemina- a metered area- said the erratic power supply has gone from bad to worse in the area. “They don’t stick to any schedule,” he said.
 In unmetered areas consumers are complaining of “severe” and pesky power cuts.
 Officials in the state Power Development Corporation said the peak hydro power generation from the state owned hydropower projects has fallen in between 250 MW to 300 MW due to less discharge in the rivers on which the power projects are established.
 The peak hour power generation of the state is 760 MW generated from around 20 hydro power projects including 450-MW Baglihar-I. While the total power demand hovers around 2700 MW in winter.
 A PDC official said around 1200 MW are imported from northern grid to meet the energy demand.
 “Coming winter days are going to be harsh and the powers cuts may go more when discharge in the rivers will fall further,” he said. “The fall in power generation, no improvement in overall generation and mounting T&D losses are a matter of concern.”
 Chief Engineer PDD (MNRE) Muzaffar Ahmad Mattoo said against an agreed load of 850 MW 900 MW in the Valley the consumption is around 1200 MW. The gap in the demand is met through curtailments. 
 “The problem aggravates due to unauthorized energy consumption. If people stick to agreed load the power scenario will definitely improve,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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