Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to commission three new grid stations next month to further improve power supply during winters in the valley.
Chief Engineer, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Aijaz Ahmad Dar said the injudicious use of electricity and pilferages have increased the power demand to 2200 MW.
He said the department currently is supplying 1550 MW of electricity and has initiated curtailment schedules to streamline the power demand in the valley.
The administration is going to commission Amragarh, Delina, and Mir Bazar grid stations, which will increase the power availability to 1700 MW.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that at least 1677 MW of electricity will be available after the commissioning of Amargarh, Delina, Mirbazar grid stations.
Officials said after the commissioning of Lassipora station, the electricity availability will go up to more than 1800 MW.
“The addition of Amargarh and Mirbazar grid stations will improve power supply in the north and south Kashmir,” Dar said.
To ensure speedy restoration of power supply in case of any disruption during winters, the department has created a buffer stock of transformers, conductors, and poles .
“The stocking of fuel, transformers, poles, conductors, etc shall also be done in the snowbound areas (the list be had from FCS&CA) within two weeks positively,” the KPDCL has informed the administration.
The KPDCL has ensured the administration that power grids/Sterlite will be ready to meet any eventuality and tower break down.
Chief Engineer KPDCL said that against the total agreed load of 830 MWs to domestic consumers, the department is currently supplying 1550 MW.
He said the consumers will have to use electricity judiciously during the winters to ensure its supply during peak hours.
“The power demand is likely to go up to 2500 MW in coming days. People should use the electricity judiciously to avoid breakdowns or halts in its supply. The KPDCL will act tough against the violators,” Dar said.