Power Crisis: JK Heading For More Dark Days

Power Crisis: JK Heading For More Dark Days

10 December 2013
Greater Kashmir
Arvind Sharma

Jammu: Much to the dismay of the people, the ongoing power crisis in the state may worsen further owing to steep decline in power production due to “receding water level in the rivers.” Official sources informed Greater Kashmir that there appears to be no respite for the people ahead as the power production in the state has declined sharply due to depleting water levels. “The gap between demand and supply is also widening each passing forcing the department to impose power cuts as a last resort to save the overloaded system and to maintain the grid discipline”, they said, adding that the gap between demand and supply which was around 100 MW to 150 MW few weeks back has now reached to an alarming 150 MW to 200 MW on a daily basis”. They said that when system gets overloaded, there is no option but to impose curtailments. All the 220 KV lines are snapped in this situation, they told. They said that there was every likelihood that the gap may widen further as the demand will increase with decrease in temperature, but on the contrary, the production will decline. They said that demand at present is more in Kashmir than in Jammu. They informed that on an average, the demand at present is around 700 MW in Jammu while it is around 1100 MW in Kashmir on a daily basis. “But our quota at present is somewhere around 1500 MW”, they told. “This however, keeps on changing on a daily basis depending upon the power generation. More the generation, the more is our power schedule and lesser is the gap between demand and supply”, they informed while adding that the quota for over drawl of power is fixed as per the generation. “The over drawl schedule increases in proportionate to your power production. But to meet your increased demand, you can not overdraw power up to a certain limit as this will disturb the grid discipline, which in turn will lead to serious power instability in entire North region”, they said. They said that this however, is not a new phenomenon as it happened last year also and will continue to haunt people this year also.