JK: Power crises may worsen

Generation Capacity Of State-Owned Hydel Projects Reduces

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Oct 29: With the onset of winter and receding water level in rivers, the generation capacity of state-owned hydel power projects in Jammu and Kashmir has declined by around 50 percent, indicating more power woes for the people.
 Sources in Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) told Greater Kashmir that the generation capacity of major power projects including Baghliar-I have declined by around 50 percent during the last fortnight.
 “During summer season, the Baglihar power project with capacity of 450 Mega Watts produces around 100 Lakh units of energy per day but presently only 66 Lakh units per day were being projected due to reduced discharge of water in river Chenab,” source said.
 They said that in the past few days, Baglihar project was producing around 240 Mega Watts power during day time and during evening hours it was producing around 300-400 Megawatts of power. “On Wednesday last week, it produced only 240 MW of power during day time and in the evening the generation was only upto 300 Megawatts,” an official said.
 He said as the winter season would advance, the water flow in all the rivers would decrease to large extent, forcing the administration to run only one turbine out of three in Baglihar power project.
 Similarly all other power projects in Valley being run by PDC have also witnessed sharp decrease in generation capacity. “The power projects in valley produce around 26 Lakh units of energy per day, which has declined to 19 Lakh units,” sources said. “The other power projects in Jammu province produce around 5 Lakh units of energy per day but presently they are producing only 2.5 Lakh units of power showing around 50 percent decline in generation capacity.”
 Managing Director of PDC Basharat Ahmed Dar, when contacted, admitted that the energy generation capacity of power projects have reduced to around half of their actual generation. “It will dip further in coming winter days,” he said, adding that the generation capacity would show improvement in April.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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