Baramulla: Due to the low water level in the river Jehlum, three giant power projects of Kashmir’s Uri village in Baramulla are generating only 220 megawatts of power for the past several months as against their combined capacity of 795 MW.
Official sources said that Uri Civil 1st has a 450 MW capacity out of which the power house has generated only 150 MW power for months.
Uri Civil 2nd, which is very close to the Line of Control, has a 240 MW capacity but generates just 35 MW. Its two giant turbines are off and only one is working.
Similarly, the state’s own Lower Jehlum Power Project (LJHP), Bimyar, which is one of the older power projects, has a 105 MW capacity but due to the low water level in the Jehlum, it only generates 35 MW.
The 09 MW Mohra power house has already been off for several years and its machinery is by now defunct.
The officials said that if the season remained dry for another month, all the projects will be off till the weather improves. He said not only the river Jehlum, the water level in all the local streams of the district had also decreased, which is why the power projects can’t generate electricity.
Executive engineer Power Development department, Baramulla, Jogindar Singh while talking to Kashmir Reader said, “This time we have a need of 500 MW electricity only for north Kashmir, but you know our projects can’t generate it due to dry weather. Now we are receiving about 300 MW power supply from the northern gird, but it can’t fulfil our needs.” He appealed to consumers to use minimum electricity, otherwise problems would arise for all consumers and the department.