Construction of alternative power corridor to Kashmir gets push

Construction of alternative power corridor to Kashmir gets push

Development Commissioner Power, Asgar Ali, told Greater Kashmir that M/s Sterlite Energy Limited has won the contract of laying the transmission line.

Work on an alternative power corridor to Kashmir from Northern Grid would soon take off as Union Power Ministry has awarded contract for laying the 400-KV transmission line to a New Delhi based company.

 

The Jalandhar-Jammu-Kashmir power line that would enter the Valley through Mughal Road would be used as an alternative channel for import of energy from the Grid to Kashmir as well as shifting electricity from upcoming hydro project which are under construction on different rivers in J&K.

 

Development Commissioner Power, Asgar Ali, told Greater Kashmir that M/s Sterlite Energy Limited has won the contract of laying the transmission line.

 

The project – Northern Region Strengthening Scheme – was cleared for execution by Standing Committee of Central Electricity Authority on Transmission Planning in Northern Region in 2013.

 

Former Chief Engineer PDD, ManzoorSalroo, who has been hired by the company as Resident Director said J&K’s power requirement would almost double from present 4000 MW in next four to five years.

The upcoming transmission line would augment the existing transmission system and cater to future power demands in J&K, he said.

 

“This will be a super power highway which can be used for any purpose from importing energy from Northern Grid to extracting the electricity from upcoming power projects in J&K.”

 

The State had pushed for construction of the line as J&K often plunges into darkness owing to snapping of the existing 400 KV transmission line due to minor faults.

 

Bad weather conditions particularly during winter often leads to power breakdown in Kashmir as the existing power line comes under heavy snowfall along mountainous Pir Panchal range.

 

In the winter of 2012, the Valley reeled under darkness for many days after the Pir Panchal line broke down owing to heavy snowfall.

 

The State government had to press into service choppers to restore it.

Salroo said work on the new transmission line that is scheduled for completion in 65 months would be taken up after necessary clearance from Forest and Wildlife departments.

 

“It will give flip to power scenario in both Kashmir and Jammu both in the domestic and industrial sectors,” said Salroo.

 

The alternative corridor would feed Samba 400/220 KV station and it would connect Kashmir with the grid via Samba-Akhnoor-Rajouri-Poonch-Mughal Road and terminate at Delina power station.

 

Officials said it would end Kashmir’s dependency on the existing Moga-Kishanpora-Wagura line which would often breakdown owing to bad weather or excessive load on it.

 

“The important aspect of this project is that it is constructed via Mughal Road which is less prone to weather vagaries and is safe as compared to the route through which the existing transmission lines runs,” said a PDD official.  

 

Another senior official said the upcoming transmission line has dual use.

 

He said since numbers of hydropower projects, either controlled by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) or jointly by state and the Corporation were under execution on Chenab basin in Jammu or in Kashmir, the transmission line would be used for extracting the power generated from these projects.

 

The Corporation is setting up 330-MW Kishanganga power project in Kashmir while a number of projects of cumulative capacity of around 4000 MW were under execution in Jammu.

 

Against 4000 MW power demand in J&K, JK locally generates 758 MW from the projects owned by the Power Development Corporation. It imports rest of the energy from the Northern Grid to meet the local demand.