Decline in water level of rivers cause huge power deficit in J&K, says J&K Admin

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Thursday said there has been a drastic decline in water in rivers and streams in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir this year which has caused a huge power deficit.

The Power Development Department (PDD) still supplies 2200 MWs of power against the availability of 1400 MWs and remaining 700 MWs is being procured through power exchange, the administration said adding that the Power Development Department (PDD), despite facing a huge power shortage, is supplying 1200 MWs of power to Kashmir division and 1000 MWs to the Jammu region.

“There has been a drastic decline in the water level of rivers and streams in Jammu and Kashmir this year which resulted in a huge dip in the local power generation in the Union Territory. Our own power generation would remain between 1000 MWs to 1050 MWs in June-July, the power generation went down to 750 MWs in September this year and it reduced to 250 MWs only in October,” said Principal Secretary, PDD, H Rajesh Prasad in a press conference at Rajbhawan as per news agency KNO.

He said that the Power department is still supplying power at subsidised rate per unit to consumers.

About the curtailment in metered and non-metered areas, the Secretary PDD said that in the peak winter season, they will get additional power quota and the flow of same has started. “We will be utilising the additional power quota in winters when demand reaches peak,” he said.

He said that in the next three to five years, Transmission and Distribution losses would be reduced to 20 per cent. “The system has been augmented and the process is on. We will be able to reduce the power T&D losses to 20 per cent in next few years,” he said as per news agency KNO.