Srinagar: The Power Development Department (PDD) is all set to issue a new power curtailment schedule within a week. The new schedule will be implemented across the Kashmir region, a top official in the department said.
For winters, the PDD had announced power curtailment schedule in November last year where the metered areas are subjected to 21 hours of weekly cut and non-metered are facing 42 hours curtailment.
“A new schedule will be announced in the next few days and will give big relief to people from power problems,” an official said.
“We will be holding a meeting and decide the power schedule for the summers. I think the schedule will be same as was during last summer,” the official added.
The PDD had announced power curtailment schedule in both metered and non-metered areas days after the Civil Secretariat, highest seat of power shifted to Jammu for six months.
However, people believe that the curtailment in metered areas was against the norms where the department is bound to provide round-the-clock power supply.
“The Department has been violating its own schedule by resorting to unscheduled powers cuts in metered areas,” said Khurshid Ahmad, a resident of Pampore.
People in the valley are facing huge power cuts as the PDD failed to adhere to its power curtailment schedule.
“The frequent power cuts have made our lives miserable,” Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a resident of Bemina said. He said they face around 10 hour power cut in a day.
He said the announcement of additional power to the state did not make any difference. “We used to face 10 hour power cuts before the announcement and as of now the situation remains the samem,” he said.
Importantly, the centre in December last year announced an allocation of additional power of 792 MW for Jammu and Kashmir in view of higher demand in winters in the state. However, people say that there has been no improvement in power supply in the valley. (KNS)