J&K facing prolonged power cuts as electricity supply dwindles

SRINAGAR, SEP 30: In a troubling turn of events, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir finds itself ensnared in the clutches of a daunting electricity crisis.

With a staggering deficit of approximately 1000 Mega Watts (MW), residents across the region are enduring persistent power cuts, both scheduled and unscheduled.

This dire energy predicament is primarily a result of a substantial reduction in power generation from hydroelectric projects. Furthermore, the situation is exacerbated by the government’s inability to secure additional power from the Northern Grid due to escalating costs.

Official sources have disclosed that the Jammu province alone demands 1100 to 1200 MW of electricity to ensure uninterrupted supply to consumers. However, the reality presents a stark contrast, with a gaping shortfall of 450 to 500 MW. This deficiency is primarily attributed to the absence of power generation from Stage II of the Baglihar Hydroelectric Project.

Similarly, the Kashmir province contends with a deficit of 450 to 500 MW. This deficit is a direct consequence of a significant decline in power generation from hydroelectric projects along the Jhelum River. This decline is primarily attributed to a prolonged dry spell that has led to a drastic reduction in water levels across various water bodies in the region.

The electricity shortage, amounting to approximately 1000 MW, has imposed an immense burden on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL) and the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) have been compelled to implement power curtailments at regular intervals throughout most areas, subjecting consumers to inconveniences and disruptions.

Moreover, the government grapples with the daunting challenge of procuring additional power from the Northern Grid, a task made arduous due to the escalating costs associated with power generation. The rise in costs is predominantly attributed to the reduced electricity output from numerous hydroelectric power projects across the country, a direct consequence of decreased river flow.

Javed Yousuf Dar, Chief Engineer of KPDCL, stated an electricity shortage of 450 to 500 MW and drew attention to heightened electricity demand in recent days due to snowfall in the upper regions. As the energy crisis continues to afflict Jammu and Kashmir, residents find themselves shrouded in darkness, awaiting relief measures and a resolute solution to the power deficit that has disrupted their daily lives.

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