PDD predicts darker winter for Valley

Department Blames People For ‘Wasting’ Power; ‘Can’t Avoid Unscheduled Cuts’


Srinagar, Nov 7: Power Development Department (PDD) on Wednesday predicted dark winter ahead for Valleyites as the department blames people for wasting 200 MWs of power every day.
 According to PDD authorities, Kashmir has consumed 10 percent extra electricity this year and “there will be less darker days in the winter if people reduce power wastage.” PDD also suggests series of ways and means that would help bring down the power losses in the Valley.
 “As per our survey, Kashmir has consumed 9.41 percent additional power as compared to last year. The figure is a comparison between April to November 2011 and April to November 2012,” Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, (Maintenance and Rural Electrification), Muzaffar Matoo told Greater Kashmir.
 He said 10 percent additional use of power has resulted in the consumption of 3080 lakh additional units of electricity. Matoo said the department is facing major challenge in the form of power losses despite the fact that it supplies 1400 MWs of electricity to Kashmir at present. “On the eve of Eid, we received additional 500 MWs from Government of India (GoI) as JK government had requested for the same,” he said. “We can’t go for extra supply as that would lead to violation of Grid Discipline Policy (GDP) which can result in the snag at the northern grid.”
 On the daily losses of electricity in Kashmir, the Chief Engineer said the valley registers 200 MWs of power loss every day due to “wastage of electricity.” The wastage of power, Matoo said, has become habit of people. “A cursory look in any of the areas in Kashmir will give you the idea how much electricity is getting wasted. In our homes, bulbs are put on in rooms where there is no person. Similarly, where there is need of one bulb, at least four are put on,” he said. “The people waste electricity in other forms as well like unnecessary use of water geysers, boilers and cooking heaters.”
 Urging people to help decrease the huge wastage of 200 MWs of power, Matoo said if people realize the importance of volume of power that gets wasted, there would be “less darker days” in the coming winter. “If we would be able to save this power (200 MW), PDD won’t use it for its own purpose, but instead supply it back to the people,” the Chief Engineer said.
 He, however, said the unscheduled cuts are must to follow the GDP. “We do resort to unscheduled cuts but that’s an obligation. If we overdraw the power from the northern grid that would lead to tripping down at the grid and could plunge entire State into darkness,” said Matoo. “Last winter, we saw what happened due to snag at the northern grid.” He said Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has started monitoring every State on extra power usage.
 On the curtailment schedule, the PDD Chief Engineer said in the non-metered areas, the curtailment schedule is from 5 am to 8 am, once a week and 8 am to 6 pm once a week. “Similarly, there is an off from 6 pm to 10 pm once a week and 10 pm to 5 am once a week,” he said. “I hope this schedule continues in the winter provided people cooperate with the PDD.”
 The PDD Chief Engineer suggested a volley of measures to control the power losses. “People should use power savers instead of high energy consuming bulbs. They should also use boilers and heaters judiciously which means not to keep the gadgets on for longer durations,” he said. “People need to budget the electricity so that power is used as per the requirement.” To a query why there isn’t any transformer reservoir as already announced by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to cater to the need of replacing of damaging of transformers due to overloading in winters, Matoo said there are 19200 transformers installed in Kashmir. “190 are damaged and 250 are ready for the replacement,” he said. The PDD has received Rs 50 lakh for repairing of transformers and replacing them in case of emergency.
 “In the interest of consumers, we will soon come up with a Toll free number. People can register their complaints, grievances on the same number. We are completing some formalities with the BSNL Ltd,” Matoo said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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