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J&K - With the onset of winters 2 day load shedding in a week

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J&KMaintaining that demand for power supply in the Valley would increase by 40 percent during winters, the Power Development Department (PDD) has said there will be two to three days power curtailment in a week in non-metered areas. "Any improvement in the power distribution system is subservient to people's cooperation," Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, Manzoor Ahmed Salroo told media. He said during winter months, demand for power supply in the Valley would increase by 40 per cent. "At present, we are supplying 800 MWs of electricity to the consumers and the demand is definitely going to increase during winters," he said.

Salroo said owing to deficit in power supply and its demand, the department will go for two to three days power curtailment in a week in non-metred areas.
He, however, stated that if people would cooperate with the department and consume power as per the requirement, there would be no change in the curtailment schedule during the winter months.
Many areas in old-city and outskirts are already facing two days power curtailment in a week. Besides, these areas are also facing unscheduled power cuts during evening every day.
The Chief Engineer said consumer's having an agreement of 5 KVs consume more electricity than that. "This is where the change is a must," he said adding Kashmir is the only place, where people enjoy unmeasured supply of electricity. "We hope to cover all areas under metering soon," he said.
The government has fixed 2012 as the deadline for metering of non-metered areas.
Sources said at an average 25 lakh units of energy are used additionally every day, causing a burden of Rs 1.25 Cr to the State. "The credit goes to the ineffective inspection vigil especially in the domestic sector," sources said.
Salroo said the new law would definitely help improve functioning of the PDD and streamline the power distribution system. "We are working out a strategy to streamline the entire system," he said.
He said for the convenience of the people, PDD has introduced payment of power tariff through cheques. "This is meant to save the precious time of our consumers," added PDD chief engineer.

Source- rising kashmir

 

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