Disruption-free winter Govt’s priority: CS

‘Manage transformer repairs properly, reduce unscheduled power cuts’
Disruption-free winter Govt’s priority: CS
CS J&K, Dr Arun Kumar MehtaDIPR J&K File

Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun K Mehta Wednesday said that a vibrant, disruption-free winter was the topmost priority of the government this year.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that chairing a meeting to review the power scenario in Kashmir, Mehta was apprised about the existing electricity scenario in Kashmir, the current energy consumption pattern, and future power requirement during the winter.

He was informed that the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation had already touched a peak load of 1653 MW which was nearly 100 MW higher than the peak load of 1546 served last year.

Similarly, the power supply to Kashmir this year alone had been of the order of 5719.6 million units - an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.

Acknowledging the efforts of the department, Mehta directed the officers to undertake greater efforts to ensure a smooth power supply during winter.

He directed inspection of all transformers by 30 November 2021 to ensure good health of transformers, besides simultaneously inspecting all HT and LT fuses within 15 days.

Mehta directed prevention of unscheduled power cuts due to overloading and formulation of proper protocol to manage scheduled power cuts.

He also directed the initiation of the IEC campaign for raising awareness on agreement power load, schedule of electricity cuts, and helpline number for complaints.

The department was also directed to explore the possibility of informing the public about the scheduled power cut through text messages in the future, besides ensuring lowering the existing transformer damage rate from 20 percent to 10 percent during the three winter months.

The department was also asked to ensure that the damaged transformers in all main towns be replaced within 8 hours of reported failure, while in other areas be made functional within 24 hours.

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