Government likely to commission 
2 more grid stations in Kashmir
A woman holds candle as she cooks rice on gas stove in the absence of electricity in Srinagar amid curtailments during winters.File: Mubashir Khan/ GK

Government likely to commission 2 more grid stations in Kashmir

Current distribution capacity of 1650 MW to scale up to 1850 MW

Srinagar: J&K government is likely to commission two more grid stations in Kashmir to augment power supply capacity from current 1650 to 1850 megawatts in next two months.

With the onset of winter, the peak demand of power in Kashmir has gone up to 1450 MW which as per the officials was 1200 MW few weeks back.

Sources said the “unregulated” use of heating gadgets with arrival of cold leads to abrupt rise in energy demand. “However, the system constraints allow Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) to supply 1650 MW at a time,” they said.

Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Chief Engineer, KPDCL, Aijaz Ahmad Dar said: “In the coming days with commissioning of two more grid stations at Lassipora and augmentation of Mir Bazar grid station, we would be able to supply 1850 MW; currently our distribution capacity is 1650 MW.”

“In comparison to last winter, we are supplying 10 percent more energy, but unfortunately ‘misuse’ of power continues. We have been requesting people to cooperate with us so that we won’t have to go for curtailments, but with dip in temperature the demand has increased which implies misuse of electricity.”

He said that apart from enhancing the power supply capacity, KPDCL has also constituted task forces to act tough against the violators using power “illegally”.

“There will be strict action against power theft,” he added.

When asked about the department’s preparedness for winter, he said that they have more or less completed all preparations. “Our buffer poles, transformers stand in place, majority of the preventive maintenance of transmission lines have been completed, branching cutting will be completed in a few days,” he said. Last year, due to commissioning of Alasteng and Bandipora Grids, the supply increased up to 327 lakh units per day.

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