Srinagar: Over frequent power curtailment in the Valley, Power Development Department (PDD) Chief Engineer, Hashmat Qazi blamed people for resorting to overload during winters, saying the department is currently facing power deficit of 900 Megawatt (MW) in Kashmir.
Qazi said that the department is currently facing power deficit of 900 MWT due to which the curtailment program has been started. “In metered areas, there is six hours curtailment and in non-metered, there is nine hours curtailment,” he said.
“We don’t call it power crisis as we are supplying 1300 MWT power instead of 1050 MWT,” he added, saying that people resort to overload by using electric gadgets, which result in tripping of grids, therefore cause sufferings to people of City for a day or half.
He added that the department appeals people yet again not to go for overload especially in peak hours from 06-10 pm so that the department can cater the load easily. “Action is being taken against those who violate the norms but I want people to become responsible regarding the usage of electricity,” he added.
Qazi further informed that the Alasteng grid is being established from past some years and this year work was apace and is about to complete. “I believe the work on the grid will be completed in a week following which line process will be done in 10-15 days. Once the grid will start functioning by the end of January 2019, I believe the people will heave a sigh of relief,” he added. (KNS)