Power Crisis: SERC summons PDD bosses

Seeks Detailed Report On Energy Scenario

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Apr 10: Taking a strong note of the prevailing power crisis in the Kashmir Valley, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Wednesday sought detailed report from Power Development Department (PDD) over the issue and summoned Power Development Commissioner for hearing on the matter scheduled on April 12.
The move of the regulatory body comes in the wake of a complaint filed by Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), a civil society group, over frequent unscheduled power cuts in the region over last few weeks.
Taking cognizance of the complaint, the SERC today directed the Development Commissioner Power to furnish a detailed report over power crisis gripping the Valley. “I am directed to request you to submit the detailed report on the subject to the Commission, and also attend the Commission on 12.04.2013 at 11 AM for further discussion and disposal of the petition/complaint,” the notice served to DC(P) by Deputy Secretary (Law), SERC, Renu Mahajan reads.
KCSDS, in its petition while seeking relief from erratic power supply in the Valley had submitted that the unscheduled long cuts in both metered as well as non-metered areas are illegal and unjustified.
“The unprecedented and unscheduled power cuts have been effected by PDD over the past more than two months in both un-metered and metered areas of the valley. There have been scores of protests by people across the valley over these curtailments and the reports of the power crisis repeatedly surfaced in the local media. However, instead of taking any curative measures, PDD is increasing the power cuts with each passing day,” the petition reads.
While seeking intervention of the body for restoring normal supply, the civil society group had prayed for passing directions to PDD on two points - providing uninterrupted power supply in the metered areas and strictly and uniformly adhering to the non-discriminative and equitable power supply schedule in all unmetered areas across the state.
Abrupt spurt in power cuts over past few weeks has triggered widespread public resentment in the Valley with people hitting streets on the issue.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who also holds Power portfolio, convened a high-level meeting in Jammu to discuss the situation arising out of the ongoing electricity crisis.
While the state government announced making additional purchases of around 170 MW of electricity from different sources, the power crisis are far from over as non-metered areas continued to bear the brunt of load-shedding.
“We persist with additional cuts though the pace of distress load shedding has come down from Monday evening in the backdrop of additional power purchases,” officials of PDD told Greater Kashmir.
According to them, the Valley is still facing shortage of around 100 MW as 170 MWs bought from different sources are not sufficient to the requirements of consumers in the region.
Repeated attempts to contact PDD higher-ups proved futile as none of them picked up the phone.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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