Goodbye power outages: Govt commissions Alasteng, Bandipora grid stations after 10 years
Srinagar, Feb 20: Power outages will soon be a thing of past as
Jammu and Kashmir government has commissioned much-awaited 320MVA Alasteng and
50 MVA Bandipora grid stations to receive additional electricity from the
capacity of Kashmir has now reached 1600 MVA mark against the peak demand of
PDD (Transmission) Hashmat Yousuf Qazi told The Kashmir Monitor that the Valley
will now get 25 per cent additional electricity from the central grids.
“For the last one
week, we are providing additional power to consumers. There are less outages
now. The overall requirement of power supply in Kashmir is 2100 MVA, which too
will be covered this year,” he said.
For the last few
years, Centre has been allotting additional electricity to Jammu and Kashmir to
overcome power crisis during winters. In
2018, Centre allocated additional 700 MWs of power to Jammu and Kashmir in view
of higher demand in winters.
Qazi said 160 MVA
Lassipora and 160 MVA Batpora grid stations too will be commissioned soon to
bridge the supply gap.
station will be commissioned in August this year. Batpora will be made
functional in March next year. Then there are other grid stations in pipeline.
These include 160-320MVA Delina grid station, 132 KV Khanyar and 132 KV
Tengpora and Khanmoh50-100MVA,” he said.
Qazi said the
department is now focusing on stopping power thefts and conserving energy.
“People use more electricity than load agreement particularly during winter.
While the gap between supply and demand will be bridged, people will have to
use power judiciously. Infrastructure development alone cannot help, consumers
too need to take utmost care of the resources,” he said.
of the PDD said under Prime Minister’s Development Package, many new power
projects are coming up.“The transmission and distribution system is being
upgraded. Bottlenecks are being identified to ensure uninterrupted power supply
during peak months,” he said.