|Early Times Report|
jammu, Nov 22: The height of the in-efficiency of the state Power Development Department (PDD) could be gauged from the fact that despite the union power ministry allocating additional 792 Megawatts of power to end electricity shortage during winters, Jammu and Kashmir continues to reel under the dreadful darkness with erratic power supplies dominating the scenes across the state.
Across the state, the PDD has issued a latest curtailment schedule in accordance to which the people are going to suffer immensely during the present winters due to meagre power supplies being given with curtailment of as much as 8-10 hours daily.
Such ironic development is taking place despite the fact that the central government is allocating the additional 792 Megawatts of power to the state and has promised that it would provide more if need arises. However, as per the insiders, due to the pathetic and inefficient style of working of the concerned authorities in the state power department, the GOI's allocation isn't at all put into use. "The problem is that the officers don't know how to make best possible use of the additional power and make available the proper electricity supplies to the common masses on ground. There are high chances that the GOI would take these 792 Megawatts back as the state government is clueless over how to put it in use," sources said.
Meanwhile, apart from the ministerial bungalows and VIP residential quarters in the state, the areas wherein common people reside are facing the brunt of the power scarcity in both the regions of the state.
In far- flung areas of Jammu, the people are castigating the dispensation over electricity crises and government's failures to provide power to the un-electrified hamlets of the region. There are at present more than 100 villages in Jammu division alone which are still un-electrified.
In Kashmir Valley, the woes are even getting shriller with each passing day. The power scenario is worsening and no one in the government is there to listen to them aggrieved PDD consumers and address their woes.
Pertinently, past week, in view of increase in the power requirement in Jammu & Kashmir with the onset of winter, Government of India decided to allocate an additional 792 Megawatts for Jammu and Kashmir. If the State requires more power, the Government of India will consider allocating additional power to the State.
The power requirement in the State is met from the generation from allocated share from central generating stations, their own power plants and power purchased from market. The peak demand of J&K during the current year (April to October, 2017) was 2,768 MW and the demand met was 2214 MW, thus, leaving shortfall of around 554 MW (i.e 20%). At present, around 70% of the energy requirement is being met from Central Generating Stations in the State.
The allocation of power to J&K from Central Generating Stations (CGS) is 2,397 MW. The supply from CGS includes power stations of NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, NPCIL, NLC, etc.