PDD Turns To Power Cuts Due To 900 MW Electricity Deficit


SRINAGAR — The Power Develop­ment Department is facing a defi­cit of 900 Mw of electricity due to which it has to resort to the fre­quent power cuts. PDD chief engi­neer, Hashmat Qazi, said that the people are “resorting to overload during winters” despite the fact that the department is currently facing power deficit of 900 Mega­watt (MW) in Kashmir.

Hashmat said that the depart­ment is currently facing power deficit of 900 MWT due to which the curtailment program has been started. “In metered areas, there is a six hour curtailment and in non-metered one there is a nine hour curtailment,” he said.

“We don’t call it power crisis as we are supplying 1300 MW pow­er instead of 1050 MW. People re­sort to overload by using electric gadgets, which result in tripping of grids, therefore causes suffer­ing to people,” he added.

Hashmat said that the depart­ment was once again appealing the “people not to go for over­loading especially in peak hours from 6-10 pm so that the we can cater the load easily.”

“Action is being taken against those who violate the norms but I want people to become respon­sible regarding the usage of elec­tricity,” he added.

PDD chief engineer further add­ed that the Alasteng grid is being construct from past some years and this year work has picked up and is about to be completed. “I believe the work on the grid will be completed in a week follow­ing which line laying process will be done in 10-15 days. Once the grid will start functioning by the end of January 2019, I believe the people will heave a sigh of relief,” he added.

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