J&K reels under power crisis, essential services missing

Shubham Sharma
[ June 06, 2017 ] Coalition Govt must intervene to help the people facing power cuts and water shortage in many areas of the city and must spare sometime to attend to these grievances. High-level meeting of officials of departments concerned must find a solution to the power and water issues. It is tragic that CM has no time to attend to power and water shortage problems or to frame the mandatory summer plan of power and water supply as she is busy in power games to retain her office. In the hot summer weather conditions, Jammu and Kashmir has dive into a major power crisis with an increasing gap between demand and supply of electricity due to less generation of power and ‘highly loaded’ transmission system. General public in Jammu have sought immediate intervention of Jammu and Kashmir Government in unscheduled frequent power cuts in the different areas of the city .Despite heavy claims by government for the supply of un-interrupted power , frequent tripping in the power supply are happening. In spite of repeated reminders to the concerned Chief Engineer, no action has been taken by the Department to restore uninterrupted power supply , as announced many times by the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.It is a matter of great resentment amongst the peoples that the Department has failed to provide the service , which they are meant for . Department is a service provider and it is failing in providing that. The installed capacity of power stands just at 504.44 Mws in the state of which 308.70 Mws are hydel and 195.74 Mws theral. From the last over four decades, considerable progress has been made in this behalf, of course, within the limitations imposed by resources constraint. From a negligible base of 3 to 4 megawatts in 1950-51, the installed capacity of power has risen to 504.44 Mws. most important hydro power projects at lower Jehlum with 105 Mws, Upper Sindh Hydro kangan with 105 Mws, Upper Sindh Sumbal with 22.60 Mws and Chenanie Hydro with 23.30 Mws. In the thermal segment, gasturbone papore has 175 Mws and 20.74 Mws are diesel.The State is largely dependent on the power generated from hydropower projects and thermal power plants besides supplements from DG set. Jammu & Kashmir has a total power generation capacity of 2,648.46 MW under central and State sector. The State is heavily relying on power purchase from the NEWNE grid and thermal power generation units and gas and diesel based power units during winters when its own hydro power generation reduces and power demand rises. The State is facing power crisis owing to untapped renewable energy, high rate of AT&C losses including pilferage.Out of total power demand of 17,323 million units, power generation from the State owned power houses is only 2,562.723 million units. Bulk of electricity consumption in the State is by the domestic sector. With modernization and increased urbanization, per capita energy consumption of the State has increased from 849.98 kWh in 2010-11 to 882.82 kWh in 2011-12. The energy demand has gradually increased during last five years at an annual rate of 5 to 6%. According to the sixteenth All India Power Survey, the power requirement of the State is expected to reach 19,500 million units during 2020-21.