Power outages: PDD blames scarce funds

Power outages: PDD blames scarce funds

Pertinently, the commission has directed the PDD to accelerate the process for unbundling and submit segregated details of costs along with next tariff petition.

Power Development Department in its Annual Performance Review 2014-15 has blamed “insufficient maintenance grants” for prolonged outages in the state.

According to the APR submitted to State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), the funds released for the maintenance of grid sub-stations and transmission lines to the PDD are not sufficient and that the department is facing many difficulties on this account.

 “Periodic maintenance of grid sub-stations and transmission lines is being carried out regularly. However, sufficient maintenance grants as per required norms don’t remain available with the department making it to face difficulties on this account”, the PDD report reads.

On SERC direction to the department to segregate costs between transmission and distribution functions and maintain separate accounts for both functionaries, it says, “It shall be submitted as part of unbundling process.”

Pertinently, the commission has directed the PDD to accelerate the process for unbundling and submit segregated details of costs along with next tariff petition.

In regard to the directions for establishing two Emergency Restoration Systems (ERS), one each for Kashmir and Jammu,   the PDD report says that the funds for procurement of ERS have been earmarked and the department has approached Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for procurement which will be put in place shortly”.

However, as per the report, the PDD has failed to come up with power system studies vis-à-vis transmission loss.

The Commission had directed the PDD to submit a proposal for Power System studies to be undertaken during FY 2013-14 within three months and thereafter submit a detailed cost benefit analysis of each study   along with the APR.

The SERC has pulled up the PDD for its failure to establish Consumer Grievances Redressal Forums (CGRFs).

Taking a dig at the “lethargic” approach of the PDD towards establishing statutory institutions of Consumer Grievances Redressal Forums (CGRFs), the SERC had observed that as per Sub-Section 5 of Section 36 of Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Act, 2010, the PDD is required to establish a forum for redressal of grievances of the consumers. But despite repeated reminders from SERC this provision has not been adhered strictly till date.