No additional power cuts, things to improve further in coming months: PDD chief
The commissioning of much-awaited 280 MW Alasteng Transmission Line has reduced the power curtailments to seven hours in non-metered areas and three hours in metered areas.
Earlier, the non-metered areas were facing nine hour power cuts a day while metered areas were having four-and-a- half hour curtailment.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Chief Engineer PDD, Distribution, Aijaz Ahmad Dar said the Alasteng Transmission Line had reduced at least 20 to 25 percent power curtailment in the Valley.
“It has been a big booster for us. We were eagerly waiting for Alasteng line to get operational. Owing to this latest development we have been able to reduce power cuts in all three shifts a day,” Dar said. “In metered areas, the power curtailments have been reduced by an hour-and-a-half while in metered areas, the cuts have been reduced by two hours.”
Dar said apart from the reduction in scheduled power curtailment, there would be no more additional power cuts across the Valley.
PDD has miserably failed to adhere to its own power curtailment schedule in the Valley announced in November last year.
The shortage of transformers and poles has added to the burden of the government that is struggling to meet the demand of electricity for the winter.
According to PDD, the peak requirement jumps to 2000 MWs in winter when only 1300 MWs of electricity is available for distribution.
People across the Valley complain that PDD was resorting to frequent and lengthy power cuts.
Dar said with the additional 280 MWs from Alasteng line they would now be able to distribute upto 1600 MWs in winter.
"We are gradually making the Alasteng line operational to make sure that it does not crumble under the tremendous load,” Dar said.
The chief engineer said the Alasteng grid station would boost Pampore, Habbak, Pulwama, Bandipora and Sopore power supply line.
“In summers, we intend to provide maximum power supply. So, we are hopeful that things will drastically improve in the coming months,” Dar said.
The Alasteng grid station is being constructed at a cost of around Rs 109 crore.