January 2017 News

PDD Admits 'system Constraints' In Supplying Uninterrupted Power In Kashmir

12 January 2017
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Jammu: The Power Development department (PDD) has admitted that the transmission and distribution infrastructure in Kashmir was not equipped to handle the peak load of the consumers due to which it was forced to resort to distress cuts. In response to a question by NC MLA, Abdul Majid Larmi about steps being taken to provide power supply to the consumers, government informed the Legislative Assembly that the infrastructure was not fully equipped to meet the demand of electricity. As per the PDD, it was providing 1200 MWs of electricity at given point of time to people in Kashmir, which was 500 MWs higher than the agreed load. 'As regards managing the loads, the department has been supplying power to the tune of 1200 MWs whereas it is duty bound to provide 700 MWs of power as per the total consumer load agreements,' it said. The PDD further informed that since the inception of winter, the department has encountered around 1700 MWs of unrestricted load during peak hours while it can handle a maximum power of about 1200 MWs. 'We have to curtail the balance 500 MWs by enforcing the curtailment schedule,' the PDD informed the members. The department, however, said people were resorting to the unrestricted use of electricity in violation of their agreement and there are also times when the load on the system can't be handled. The PDD further disclosed that the current infrastructure including the grid stations and the transmission lines were not equipped to deal with the consumer demand. '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 33-11 KV receiving station,' the department informed the house. The PDD further said it has to enforce distress load shedding to ensure that the infrastructure including the transformers and the supply lines don't get damaged. 'At times distress curtailment has to be resorted to in order to maintain grid discipline and to avoid power over-drawl by adhering to the NRLDC schedule,' it stated.