Govt blames uprising for power woes

Govt blames uprising for power woes

Says it couldn’t address ‘critical system constraints’
By Aqib Ahmad
Srinagar: The state government on Monday blamed the uprising that followed the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 for the power woes this winter in Kashmir Valley.

The PDP-BJP government also blamed rampant use of heating gadgets.

“During winters this year, the department has encountered around 1700 MW of uprisingricted load during peak hours against the load agreements of around 700 MW comprising domestic and essential loads like hospitals, security force installations, bulk installations and some Industries working in double shifts,” minister in charge of power Nirmal Singh said in written reply to a question by PDP MLA from Amira Kadal, Noor Mohammad Sheikh.

“To improve power supply in the valley, especially during winters, the (power development) department had in advance identified critical system constraints at sub transmission level viz critically overloaded receiving stations and 33 kV lines, but due to adverse law and order position in the valley for almost five months, these system constraints could not be addressed,” the minister said.

Kashmir Valley has about 8.48 lakh consumers of various categories having aggregate registered load of 1172.20 MW.

To cater to the ‘registered’ demand of the consumers, the minister said, PDD has reasonable capacities, both at 33/11 KV level (Receiving Station level) as well as at 11/0.4 kV level (Distribution level). “Receiving Station level and Distribution station level capacities available are more than twice the aggregate registered load of consumers. During winters in the valley, usage of heating gadgets by the consumers increases manifold,” the minister said.

In another significant step, the minister said, the government has initiated a plan for urgent replacement of worn-out and dilapidated poles and conductors.

“For replacement of barbed wire where it has been used by people to access the distribution of power, where such poles and conductors etc pose imminent threat to the life and property of general public and can’t await replacement under the distribution sector schemes like IPDS, DDUGJY or R-APDRP, an amount of Rs.87.00 crore at the rate Rs 1.00 crore per Assembly Segment has been released under PMDP under Distribution sector,” the minister’s reply reads.

The minister said that the constituency-wise action plans for it have been formulated in consultation with the concerned MLAs. “This will provide a much-needed relief to the existing worn-out power infrastructure in the state,” said Nirmal Singh, who is also deputy chief minister.

The government, he said, has submitted a developmental plan for power sector for an amount of Rs 11,358.00 crore under the Prime Minister’s Developmental Package (PMDP) to Ministry of Power, Government of India.

“The Plan will cover Generation, Transmission and Distribution system of the State. The Ministry of Power has recently conveyed the approval to the project cost of Rs 2570.14 crore and sanction of Government of India grant of Rs 2301.62 crore being 90% of project cost under ‘Distribution component’,” he said, claiming that the implementation of the scheme will improve power system in the state and will help in providing uninterrupted power supply to consumers.

“100% consumer metering is top most priority of the department. In the endeavour of achieving it, many steps are in pipeline for procurement of energy meters including procurement process for about 2.50 lakh meters by P&MM Wing has been completed and orders for the same has been issued.”

Installation of about 611666 number meters under various flagship programmes have already been earmarked and are under implementation which include 131084 numbers under R-APDRP, 119829 under IPDS and 360653 under DDUGJY.

“The department has initiated the proposal for installation of about 9 lakh consumer meters through REC Power Distribution Company Ltd, which is wholly owned subsidiary of REC India. This will not only cover procurement and installation of consumer meters but also include O&M services for upkeep and maintenance of consumer metering,” he said.

After implementation of these schemes, he said 100% metering will be ensured.