Power outages to go as two more projects to complete this year in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: After Kashmir got back-to-back two transmissions projects which were in limbo for a decade, two more projects are likely to be commissioned by August-end this year boosting power capacity in the Valley.
Chief Engineer Jammu and Kashmir Transmission Corporation Limited (JKTCL) Hashmat Qazi told Kashmir Reader that by the end of August Lassipora 160 mega volt amp (MVA) and Delina 160 MVA will be completed. Both the projects, he said, would increase overall power capacity to 2000 megawatts resulting in meeting the demand in peak summer as well as winter.
“Lassipora is a new project while Delina project is being augmented. They will enhance transmission capacity to an optimum level, something Kashmir never had never seen before,” Qazi added.
Last week the corporation completed two projects- Alesteng and Bandipora-, which were stuck due to multiple hassles for last 10 years. The operation of both took up the capacity from 1300 MWs to 1600 MWs.
This addition, according to Qazi, removed the bottleneck at the transmission level which was pending for a long time.
The additional power supply will ensure relief to consumers from long power outages. During winters, power curtailments touched close to 10 hours in unmetered areas around 7 hours in metered areas.
But many engineers point out that problems will persist as long as bottlenecks are not cleared at distribution level.
Chief Engineer Power Distribution Corporation Limited Aijaz Dar told Kashmir Reader that the work at removing hiccups at distribution level is going on. It will take two years to complete the work, he added.

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