Kashmir Getting 10-12 Percent More Electricity This Winter: Admin

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Rohit Kansal Says Consumers Being Provided 3 to 4 Hours ‘Extra Electricity’ This Year, Commends People For ‘Judicious Use’

Srinagar- Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal on Tuesday said the Power Development Department was providing 10 to 12 percent more electricity to Kashmir as compared to the previous year.

During a visit to take stock of the preparations in every district regarding power scenario, Kansal said the electricity department was “fully prepared” for the winter.

“I was informed by locals, officers, and deputy commissioner [Pulwama] that as compared to last year every consumer on an average is being provided 3 to 4 hours of extra electricity," claimed Kansal.

Kansal said most of the bottlenecks in transmission of electricity, which the department faced last year have been removed and commended the public for “judicious use” of electricity.

"I must acknowledge that last year every consumer of the Valley respected us a lot and cooperated a lot in making judicious use of electricity during winter,” he said.

“The people of our department also worked hard and made every effort to restore power supply during heavy snowfall last year, this year too, the department is ready to make every effort to provide uninterrupted power supply," he said.

He said they have made it clear to all the officials to make public the curtailment schedule and provide power supply to the consumers strictly as per the notified curtailment schedule.

"Unfortunately, we are not in a position to totally do away with the curtailment schedule, so we have to make some curtailments,” he said. “But the department has been given strict instructions to the officials to follow the curtailment schedule, so that people do not face any problems."

Kansal appealed to the people to again use electricity judiciously so that “we will have more power supply and we will be able to reduce the curtailment period."

Kansal sought a detailed list of all the feeders which suffer more than 80 percent losses and directed the field staff to take immediate remedial action. He "regretted" the losses in transmission and said revenue collection remained a matter of "serious concern."

He observed that reduction of losses and uninterrupted supply were "two sides of the same coin and if losses were brought down below 20%, the KPDCL would be in a position to supply uninterrupted power. Conversely, if illegal power usage and theft continued unabated, the position of the department to supply power would be severely constrained."

Kansal appealed to the people to avoid the use of banned heating equipment such as heating coils. "People should pay electricity bills on time and also avoid using crude heating devices for their own good,” he said. “If the public is able to give this sort of cooperation, then definitely the department will be able to improve the supply of electricity.”

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