Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Tuesday expressed concern over complaints of non-adherence to curtailment schedule by Power Development Department (PDD).
He directed the Development Commissioner (DC) Power to strengthen its transmission system so that requirement of power in peak hours is ensured.
"Curtailment schedule has to be strictly adhered to. The department should run a drive against misuse and pilferage of power so that it is judiciously used," Mufti said, while emphasizing upon strengthening the enforcement wing of the department.
Against demand of 1600 MW in winter to provide 24×7 power supply, PDD is able to deliver only 1200 MW given the transmission infrastructure with the department in the valley. Nearly 51 per cent the households in Kashmir Division are metered so far, the meeting was informed.
It was decided in the meeting that PDD must strictly implement the notified schedule of load shedding by an eight-hour cut in non-metered areas and a three-hour cut in metered areas so that people do not face any hardship in the event of unscheduled power cuts.