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PDD blames consumers for power crisis in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 28: With prevailing electricity crisis echoing in and outside Jammu and Kashmir Assembly,the Power Development Department (PDD) has blamed consumers and said unrestricted peak demand is almost double than the peak demand to be actually met forcing the department to go for scheduled and unscheduled power curtailments.
“Against registered load of 3,101 MW, the demand should have been around 1,551 MW but it is around 2,950 MW (unrestricted), which is being used by the consumers over and above registered connected load,” a senior official of PDD said.
Jammu and Kashmir Assembly which is in budget session witnessed massive protests and walkouts by opposition members over the prevailing power crisis especially in the valley which is reeling under sub-zero temperature for over the past month and witnessed frequent protests by local residents.
He said the demand should not exceed 1,551 MW at load demand factor of 0.5.
The load demand factor is defined as ratio of peak demand and total connected load and takes care of natural diversity in the consumer load.
Against 1,833 MW contract demand (agreemented load) in winter capital Jammu, the unrestricted peak demand is 1,350 MW against 917 peak demand to be actually met after consideration of loan diversity factor, he said.
Similarly in Kashmir division, there is 1,268 MW contract demand (agreemented load) but the unrestricted peak demand has reached 1,600 MW against 634 peak demand to be actually met after consideration of load diversity factor, he said.
He said the department has met the peak demand of 2,280 MW – 1,100 MW in Jammu and 1,180 MW in Kashmir.
The officer said there has been an increase of 3.3 per cent and 1.5 per cent in energy consumption in Kashmir and Jammu divisions last year compared to previous year.
The energy consumed in Kashmir till December last year was 6,679.930 MU against 6,466.060 MU the previous year, while it was 5,319.684 MU in Jammu in 2017 against 5,239.538 in 2016, he said.
During winter, he said the demand increases manifold in Kashmir division and winter regions of Jammu province due to excessive use of heating devices which in turn overloads the transformers and allied equipment at various voltage levels thus forcing the department for unscheduled power cuts.
Likewise, he said during summers in Jammu the power demand increases due to excessive use of cooling devices and the unprecedented demand of the consumers exceed the agreement load thereby the installed capacity of the transformers and its allied equipment at different level gets overloaded as such the department is forced for scheduled and unscheduled curtailments to save the vital equipments at receiving station and grid station levels.
The officer said the daily curtailment programme in vogue for winter in Jammu and Kashmir regions include six-seven hour power cut in Kashmir and two hour power cut in Jammu in metered areas, while eight-nine hour curtailment in Kashmir and eight hour curtailment in Jammu in unmetered areas.
However, he said the use of unauthorized load creates system constraints by way of overloading the system at transmission, sub-transmission and at distribution level thereby causing further distress cuts in addition to the scheduled cuts.
“In view of the uncontrolled use of load by consumers, in violation of their load agreements, there are times when the aggregate load increases to levels which are beyond the handling capacity of local grid station or 33 KV feeding line or receiving station or even 11 KV feeding line,” he said.
The officer said a total of Rs 1,233.99 crore were realised from the consumers during the financial year 2017-18 ending November 2017.
While Rs 695.16 crore was realized from consumers from April to November 2017 in Jammu, the amount stands at Rs 514.37 crore in Kashmir and Rs 24.46 crore in Ladakh region, he said.


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Class 12 results declared, 76% pass exam: Girls take away cake, bag all top positions

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Girls outshined boys in the Class 12th exam results by bagging top positions in all the streams.

The result of examination was declared on Wednesday with girls securing 54 out of 67 positions. Overall pass percentage was 76 percent compared to 51.77 percent last year

 Of the 46599 students, who had appeared for the examination last year, 35454 have been declared successful by Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE)

 

Overall pass percentage of government schools was 74 percent. However, private schools took away the cake with 90 per cent pass percentage.

Humera Rashid of Higher Secondary School Lasjan and Isha Bashir of Mallinson Girls Higher Secondary School secured first position in science stream with 490 marks. Sadiq Peerzada of Tyndale Biscoe School secured second position in science stream with 488 marks.

The first 10 positions in the science stream were shared by 29 students and 19 among them are girls. In the commerce stream, the first 10 positions were shared by 12 students including 10 girls.  Moreover, girl students bagged all the 10 positions in Home Science stream.  Fifteen of the 16 students shared the first 10 position in the arts stream. 

Of the 22993 girls who had written the exam, 17635 have been declared successful thus recording securing 76.70 pass percentage.  Of the 23606 boys, 17819 have qualified the test thus recording the overall pass percentage of 75.49 percent.

An official document of BOSE revealed that 213 boys have failed while 5574 have reappears. However, girls have only registered 152 failures and 5206 reappears. Of total students, 10408 got distinctions while 15684, 7756, 1606 secured first second and third divisions respectively.

People faced a lot of inconvenience in confirming the results because of the internet blockade. An official of Education Department said that gazettes were not available in any of the higher secondary schools.

“The cargo service is suspended because of the security reasons ahead of January 26. Result is available on official website of BOSE. It can also be confirmed through SMS,” he added.  

Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Sonwar, said that he could not confirm the result of his son for about two hours. “I went to Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar to confirm the result, but little did I know that the schools were not provided gazettes. Later I called up my friend outside the valley to confirm the result of my son,” he said.

 Riyaz Ahmad, Secretary BOSE said they have provided results to everyone through SMS and gazette were shared through Shareit App to hundreds of people. “Gazette will be available in all higher secondary schools a day late,” he added.

Director School Education, Dr Younis Malik said this year the result is quite good. “I congratulate all the students who worked hard in unprecedented conditions and appeared in the annul examinations,” he said.

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Rs 4 crore released for strengthening power infrastructure in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jan 16: The Srinagar administration Thursday released Rs 4 crore to the Power Development Department for strengthening power distribution network in various areas of the district.

The funding was released for creation of new sub-stations and augmentation of existing ones at various places across the district.

The new sub-stations which include a total number of 30 are being set up at an aggregate cost of over Rs 2 crore. Most of these also include setting up of HT and LT networks.

 

The funding has been provided under the Special Area Development Programme of Government of India.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that in addition to creation of new sub-stations the existing infrastructure of divisional workshops of electric divisions 1st and 4th are also being upgraded.

The upgradation of these divisional workshops includes installation of modern electro-mechanical facilities aimed at enabling faster repair of damaged transformers. It is being done at an aggregate cost of Rs 1.5 crore.

The DC said these divisions have also been provided an additional Rs 30 Lakh for enhancing buffer stock of transformers utilised during times of damages to existing sub-stations.

The funding also provides for augmentation of existing sub-stations and reclamation of damaged transformers in the electric division 4th which caters to old city areas of the district. It also provides for installation of a 63 KVA power generator at Peer Dastageer Sahib shrine.

Dr Shahid said the power infrastructure is being strengthened across the district adding that deficits and requirements of upgradations are being taken care of wherever required.

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ACB arrests NC leader’s son over alleged bank fraud

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Srinagar, Jan 16: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday arrested Hilal Rather, son of National Conference leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in a bank fraud case involving Rs 177 core.

“Hilal Rather was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Jammu today in a case related to the alleged misappropriation of crores of rupees from the term loans running into Rs 177 Crores sanctioned by Jammu and Kashmir Bank for his ambitious township project known as Paradise Avenue at Narwal Bala Jammu in the year 2012,” an ACB spokesman said.

Hilal”s father Abdul Rahim Rather was the finance minister of the erstwhile state in 2012 when the loan was taken from the bank.

 

According to the official statement, “ the  investigation conducted by the Bureau has revealed that Paradise Avenue, a Partnership Concern of Hilal Rather, Dr Rizwan Raheem Dar of Sanant Nagar Srinagar, Ghulam Mohd Bhatt of Baramulla Kashmir, Daljeet Wadhera and Smt. Deepshikha Jamwal of Jammu was sanctioned a term loan of Rs 74.27 crores in the first phase and in relaxation to the credit policy of the bank which restricts loan to a partnership firm at Rs 40 crores and the loan was approved by the Board of Directors of the J&K Bank when Hilal Rather despite the fact that he had already entered into a OTS with the State Financial Corporation in the past. The remaining loan amount were granted by the Board despite the fact that the repayments of the first loan taken  was not complete”.      

Hilal Rather, who also owns Simula Group of Companies, was being questioned for the last few months by the Bureau in connection with the siphoning off crores of rupees from the  loan amount sanctioned by the New University Campus Branch of J&K Bank for the construction of Flats under the name of Paradise Avenue.

He has been evading details of property raised & others transaction related to siphoning of funds meant for construction.

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