PDD to issue curtailment schedule next week:More power cuts in offing
Srinagar, Nov 16: Valleyities have all reasons to worry as
darker nights are in the offing with Power Development Department (PDD) issuing
electricity curtailment schedule in next four days.
Kashmir has been facing abrupt power cuts since November 7,
when valley received season’s first snowfall.
An official of Power Development Department said there would
be further reduction in power supply from next week.
“There will be at least 6-hour power curtailment in metered
areas and over 8-hour load shedding in non-metered areas of Srinagar district,”
the official said.
In other districts, the official said, there will be 6 to 8
hours power curtailment in metered areas and over 8-hours in non-metered areas.
As per rules, metered areas are bound to get round the clock
Chief Engineer, Power Development Department, Kashmir,
Hashmat Qazi told The Kashmir Monitor
hat there is a need for power curtailment schedule in view of the increase in
“We did not curtail power this year till snowfall hit
Kashmir on November 7. The load has increased now. We are framing power
curtailment schedule which will be issued within three to four days,” he
On chances of any improvement in power supply this year, he
said it all depends on the people. “If they use electricity judiciously, then
there will be improvement in power supply. We have to optimize things from
The PDD has 1200 MWs of electricity available. However,
during winters, the demand reaches over 2000 MWs.
Centre has been allotting additional 700 MWs of power to
Jammu and Kashmir in view of higher demand in winters. However, PDD has failed to augment existing
infrastructure to receive additional electricity from the central grids.
At the same time, PDD is yet to restore electricity in various
parts of Kashmir since November 7.
collapsed at various places resulting electricity could not be restored in
Magam, Beerwah, Arizal and Khaag areas,” Qazi said.