Adv Sharma takes review of power scenario in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, NOV 23,
2019: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, K.K Sharma today chaired an extensive
post snowfall review meeting with the officials of Power Development Department
(PDD)—directing officers to learn lessons from the challenges and remain
prepared much in advance.
officers here in Srinagar, the Advisor urged officers of PDD and its allied
wings to go for assessment of the damages and do the re-structuring of the
department and its allied wings. He directed the officers to work in close
coordination for avoiding any eventuality in view of the inclement weather.
PDD, Distribution, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer, Transmission, Aijaz
Ahmad Dar, SEs X-ens, Financial Advisor (PDD), among other senior officer of
the department attended the meeting.
said that natural calamities offer a learning process for the administration.
“We must sit and introspect as to learn from failures,” he said.
officials informed the meeting that during summers, PDD supplied 24×7 power
supply to both to metered as well as unmetered consumers, except for a very few
localized areas with system constraints. It was informed that on an average,
the department has been supplying peak load of 1200 MW and in climate, the
department faced challenge of supplying increased load, which gradually surges
from onset of autumn and peaks in winter.
PDD (Distribution), Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi informed the meeting that at present,
‘Peak Load’ of around 1750 MW is being encountered during evening prime
hours. He said that this winter, the
department is expecting unrestricted peak demand of 2000-2100 MW.
He said that due
to the constraints at grid, transmission level the department in recent past
has been supplying peak load of 1250 MW. However, with the optimal utilization
of available resources and close coordination PDD has been serving additional
load of 100 MW during peak hours, thereby increasing the total load served to
PDD (Transmission), Aijaz Ahmad Dar informed the meeting that under
construction Zainakoot-Alestang Transmission line occurred massive damages in
recent snowfall by causing damage to 10 vital towers. He however informed that
a comprehensive contingency plans have been drawn to work again on war footing
basis. He said similarly 132KV Badampora-Bandipora line too suffered huge tower
damage and line work will function again after repairing of damaged towers.
In its endeavor
to maintain stable power supply during winters, when the peak demand is
forecast as 2000-2100 MW, PDD is constrained to enforce load shedding of around
The meeting was
informed that with the commissioning of 220 KV ring line connecting Zainakote
grid and Aulesteng Grid at 220 kV level, the City grids: Waganpora,
Habbak, Cheshmashahi and Pampore Grid
will be able to feed additional power to
the order of 200 MW to Srinagar and other adjoining areas, thereby reducing the infrastructure
constraint and minimizing the curtailment hours in the City.
The meeting was
informed that in order to avoid unscheduled cuts due to constrictions of
existing infrastructure at 33 kV level and below, Up-gradation of critically
overloaded 33 kV feeders & Receiving Stations is being carried out under
various centrally sponsored schemes like PMRP / DDUGJY /IPDS.
The meeting was
informed that establishment of control rooms and buffer stocking of material to
meet any eventuality due to adverse weather and calamity and five Control Rooms
have been established to coordinate the restoration process at major Grid
Stations across the valley.