Rampant use of heating gadgets leads to power crises in winters: PDD

KL News Network

Srinagar

Amid power crisis in Kashmir Valley, Government Tuesday said that with the onset of winters in Kashmir Valley, usage of heating gadgets by the consumers increases manifold. The Government said that the rampant use of these heating gadgets overloads the power system in the Valley, which at present has a maximum handling capacity of around 1200 MWs.

“This year, since the inception of winters, the Power Development Department has encountered around 1700 Mega Watts of unrestricted load during peak hours against the agreement load of around 700 MWs only during peak hours.

“In view of the uncontrolled use of load by consumers, in violation of their load agreements, there are times when the aggregate load increases to levels which is beyond the handling capacity of local Grid Station or 33 KV feeding lines or 33/11 KV Receiving Station or even 11 KV feeding line. In such situations the department is constrained to enforce distress unscheduled cuts. If these unscheduled cuts are not enforced, vital power equipment’s like power transformers, switchgear may get damaged thereby plunging the entire feeding area in darkness for a longer duration.”

The government said that in almost every area of the Kashmir Valley, the installed capacity of transformers is about two to three times the total agreed load of the consumers fed from it. “In spite of this the rate of damage of distribution transformers increases especially during winters due to excessive use of load by the consumers, way beyond their agreement load.”

The Government said that PDD is trying its best to provide power as per schedule, however, due to excessive overloading by the consumers the department is forced to affect unscheduled cuts. “The PDD could provide uninterrupted power supply if the consumers consume the electricity strictly as per their agreement loads,” the Government said. (CNS)

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