SRINAGAR: Amid the ongoing power crisis, the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (JKPDD) is all set to sign a 472 MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by the end of December 2023.
Union Power Minister R. K Singh disclosed this information to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ministry of Power, in a statement, mentioned that LG Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, met Union Power and NRE Minister R K Singh in New Delhi last evening due to the escalating power demand in the Union Territory (UT) resulting from economic growth and increasing electrification during the ongoing winter season.
During the meeting, Sinha informed Singh that the current demand in the UT of J&K has reached around 2800 MW with a deficit of approximately 1400 MW in the current winter season.
He requested the Union Power Minister to allocate more power to the UT.
In response, Singh informed LG Jammu and Kashmir that the Ministry of Power has already allocated 1500 MW from the Central pool to meet the winter requirements of J&K.
“Further, 472 MW is also allocated under the Shakti policy, for which a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Power department of J&K is proposed to be signed by the end of Dec 2023,” reads the official statement of the Ministry of Power.
It further states that an overall 1972 MW of additional allocation has been made by the Central government to take care of the urgent power requirement of the Union Territory.
The Union Minister directed the officers of the Ministry of Power to ensure an adequate allocation of power to the UT of J&K to meet the rising demand.
He also reviewed various programmes of the Ministry of Power being implemented in the UT under Central Sector Schemes.