A high level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik to review the preparedness of JKPDD for providing regular and smooth power supply to the consumers during peak demand period of summer season.
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Advisor to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary JKPDD; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, were among those present in the meeting.
Hirdesh Kumar gave a presentation of the prime issues faced by the Department in summers of last year vis-a-vis the measures taken in all links of the power supply chain, during the year so as to ensure that adequate power is made available to the consumers in summers.
The meeting was informed that the power availability to the state has improved in comparison to last year. However, to meet any power deficit arising due to increased demand, additional power will be purchased through short term PPAs, URS, IEX and other economically suitable means.
Secretary PDD further presented a comprehensive detail of capacity additions done by the Department at all voltage levels/ critical points during the year and those likely to be completed by end of May.
Further elaborating the same, he said that with strengthening of transmission system, adequate power will be available at distribution level as 50 MVA more capacity will be available at 220 KV level and 290 MVA more capacity will be available at 132 kV level as compared to last year. While in Distribution Sector, the distress in power due to 29 critically overloaded Receiving Stations, where capacity constraints were experienced last year has been addressed by way of augmentation of existing transformation capacities and creation of new power transformers and at DT level, 167 MVA capacity additions has been done.
PDD informed that this summer, 24 x7 Power shall be supplied to Jammu City, Udhampur, Reasi and Ramban town areas while power cut will not exceed 1 hour in urban areas of Districts Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Dodaand Kishtwar this season.
PDD will minimize power cuts in rural areas as well, specifically from 6 pm to 11 pm, when maximum power is required by the households and formulate a roster in this regard so as to impose power cut in a staggered manner while ensuring that at least 2-3 hrs power supply is assured to the consumers during the said period. He expressed his concern over the high DT failure rate accrued last year.