Srinagar : As the mercury continues its downward trend in valley owing to severe cold following recent snowfall , the power consumption has drastically increased raising the demand to near about 2200 MGWts at peak hours.
Inorder to avoid Public outrage due to frequent power cuts , the PDD is likely to issue the curtailment schedule in coming few days to regulate the power distribution .
Sources in the PDD told Kashmir Clarion that the curtailment schedule was likely to be issued within few days with city areas having meters set to have 3_4 hours shutdown. Sources said the demand of electricity has increased manyfold after the recent snowfall and has reached to nearly 2200 Mws against the availability of 1300 Mgwts .
A senior officer in the PDD told Kashmir Clarion that the grid capacity at Aalistang would rise after its commissioning next month. He added that the grid was to be commissioned by the end of October ,however it has missed the deadline and forcing the government to set a fresh deadline of 31st December. According to officer after the commissioning of the grid the department can draw 300 Mgws more which would ease up the pressure . He added that the availability of Power was no longer an issue now but the grid capacity is still a problem area.
Meanwhile another senior officer of the PDD who is associated with the preparation of the curtailment schedule told Kashmir Clarion that in Srinagar City the curtailment for metered areas can go up to 3_4 hours in a day whereas the non metered areas in the city can have a loadsheding of 8 hours. He further said that in rural areas the loadsheding can go upto 12 hours depending upon the locality .
Meanwhile Chief Engineer PDD Qazi Hashmat Ali told Kashmir Clarion that they were working on the curtailment schedule and will publish that shortly.