Srinagar: If the power department were to implement the recommendation of the state regulatory commission, electricity will be supplied to areas on the basis of the power losses they incur.
Which means an area registering higher power losses will have longer power cuts than the one where such losses are relatively lower.
For power officials, an unusually high power loss in an area means the consumers are stealing electricity.
“The PDD may develop a transparent mechanism for linking the load curtailment or shedding in an area to the proportion of the level of the losses in the area,” said an order issued by State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The commission has said Maharashtra had effectively implemented this strategy, while asking the PDD to notify the details of the power supplied, energy billed and revenue collected on each feeder on a monthly basis.
The SERC, headed by its chairperson Basharat Ahmad Dhar, directed the PDD that unmetered areas should be billed for the quantum of electricity supplied, meaning areas which get 12 hour power supply can’t be charged for 24-hour-cycle tariff schedule.
As reported by Kashmir Reader a day ago, the SERC has found no merit in Power Development Department’s argument that people are to blame for power distribution losses. The commission wanted the installation of meters for plugging the thefts and leakages.
The SERC has taken umbrage over the PDD failure of missing the deadline for installation of meters and termed it as lack of seriousness of the power department.
PDD chief engineer Bashir Ahmad Khan said the department has taken up Rs 1600-crore project for installation of meters in Srinagar and Jammu.
“We are going to plug losses through administrative intervention and technological intervention. By March this year the work will speed up and the next winter will be an altogether different story as far as electricity supply is concerned,” said Khan.
He said measures such as meters, insulated cabling and high-voltage distribution system would be implemented in Srinagar and Jammu cities to reduced power losses caused by thefts.
The department has been mulling to seek extension in deadline from the SERC for completing the metering in the state.