There will be no major improvement in prevailing electricity crisis in north Kashmir even after much-awaited satellite power project currently underway is commissioned in Baramulla district, senior power officials said.
The satellite power project with a capacity of 630 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere) is likely to be commissioned in Kunzar area of the district by the end of next month, according to officials.
"Since north Kashmir gets 160 MVA power from the Delina grid station, we will not be able to feed power beyond that capacity to the region even after satellite power project is commissioned next month," Javid Yusuf Dar, Superintendent Engineer Systems and Operations told Greater Kashmir.
"However there is an urgent need to set up additional 160 MVA station at Delina to increase the transmission supply to north Kashmir. A detailed project report about transmission lines has already been submitted to the higher authorities by the chief engineer. The report includes setting up of additional 160 MVA power grid at Delina," he added.
The officer said in some months the additional grid station will be in place at Delina and the power scenario in north Kashmir may improve to a good extent only after the grid becomes functional.
During winters, the department usually struggles to provide power even according to the curtailment schedule mainly due to rampant use of heating gadgets by the consumers and this winter is no exception, according to the official.
North Kashmir is in a severe grip of power crisis this winter with even metered areas subjected to long and unscheduled power cuts.
The power scenario is worsening with each passing day in remote areas of Kupwara including border towns of Machil and Tanghdar, local residents told Greater Kashmir.
"At times the supply is snapped for hours together. Power is playing hide and seek most of the times even as we pay the tariff on time," said Gulzar Ahmad of a Kandi village in Karnah.
Power scenario elsewhere in Kashmir may improve after two power grids in Alstang and Budgam having a capacity of 320 MVA each are put to function, according to officials.