Srinagar: Chief Engineer power development department, Aijaz Ah Dar on Saturday urged people to desist from using heating appliances lavishly during Sehri and Iftaar time for the purposes of uninterrupted power supply to consumers.
KPDCL at present is supplying around 16% more energy as compared to last year. Morning peak (sehri time) load touched 1631 MWs on 15 Apr. which is the highest load recorded ever (avg. being around 1500 MWs) CE PDD said.
“Consumers are requested to rationalise their load & avoid using heating gadgets at Sehri and Iftaar time in order to avoid unscheduled cuts,” he said.
He said that extra load on power feeder during peak times is the cause of power breakdown in many areas across Kashmir.
Chief Engineer’s statement on frequent power breakdown comes a day after people from many North and South Kashmir complained that the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has failed to adhere to the power schedule even in the holy month of Ramadan, leaving the residents across Kashmir valley to suffer.
People in parts of Srinagar have complained of inadequate electricity, saying that the department has failed to ensure adequate electricity even in the holy month of Ramadan.
“We are facing erratic power cuts despite being assured adequate electricity in the ongoing holy month of Ramadan,” says a local from North Kashmir
“The department has even failed to ensure the electricity during Sehri and Iftari time,’ another local from central Kashmir said.
However the slight drop in temperature has resulted in additional load on system
Aijaz said that the people should make judicious use of power during month of Ramzan to have uninterrupted power supply.
Compared to last year, we are supplying 47 lac additional units of energy means supplying additional 200 MW of power round the clock.
He said that the department during the winter was running 700 Megawatt down to meet the actual demand of consumers during winters. “There needs 2200 Megawatts in valley but we are only providing 1500 Megawatts. At this moment the demand is still 1950 MWs. This is forcing us to go for curtailment, he added.
This may be true that some areas may have power cuts during Iftar or Sehri time, but we are trying best to have sufficient power supply to everyone. I again request people to make judicious use of electricity, he added. (KNS)
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