Electricity demand still up, no change in the power schedule as of now: Chief Engineer KPDCL

Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, March 19:
Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) Chief Engineer Ajaz Ahmad Dar Friday said that the electricity demand is still up in the valley and the power department could not change the schedule.
Interestingly the Power Department had decided to come out with a new curtailment schedule from March 15.
The Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan had also directed officers to prepare the new schedule for supplying electricity from March 15.
However Chief engineer PDD Aijaz Ahmad Dar told news agency KINS that they were working to frame a new power curtailment schedule from March 15 but it could not happen due to the drop in temperature. “As there was dry weather, the electricity demand had reduced to 1440 MWs. But due to the drop in recent temperature, the electricity demand again went up to 1550 MWs,” Dar said.
He also said that the weather department has issued wet weather next week due to which the department was unable to take a call on the change of schedule.
Sources said that peak unrestricted demand during the winter season was 2150 MW while peak demand met was 1495 MW.
However, peak unrestricted demand during the summer season was 1500 MW while peak demand met was 1435 MW.
Sources said that Rs 778.85 cr revenue was realized from various consumers by ending January, 2021. “The revenue collection was increased by 13.04% amounting to Rs. 89.83 cr more from previous year,” sources maintained.
It is to mention here that the advisor Baseer Khan recently appreciated officers for taking advance steps to tackle any issue of restoration of power supply during the winter. However, the Advisor had told officers not to lower guard as the duration of winter has not finished yet.
In a meeting the Advisor was also briefed regarding the ongoing projects including the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System/Distribution Management System ( SCADA/DMS) in Srinagar city which envisages remote monitoring and operation of all 33kv /11kv receiving stations in Srinagar city, Real time Data Acquisition System (RT-DAS) in rural areas by way of remote monitoring of 348 feeders of 112, 33kv/11kv receiving stations, RAPDRP Part-A, Smart Metering; CCD-MDM integration and upcoming project IPDS IT Part-A.
The advisor Khan had also reviewed the status and augmentation of the Delina, Magam, Gopalpora, Mattan and other grid stations. He was informed that all the required transformers have been transported to Delina GS which would give huge relief to the consumers of Baramulla, Magam, Beerwah and other areas.

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