PDD will overcome power crisis in next few months: Minister

Jammu, Jun 2: Asserting that out of total requirement of 600 MW only 500 MW power is being supplied in the Jammu town, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Power Sunil Sharma on Saturday said that the Power Development Department (PDD) will overcome the electricity crisis in next few months across the state but initially measures have been taken to provide sufficient power to the consumers in this scorching heat.
“Jammu district is facing power crisis in this hot weather conditions and presently out of total 600 MW required power, we are able to provide only 500 MW but the problem will soon be solved in the coming months,” Mr Sharma here told reporters at a press conference.
He said that in such circumstances augmentation of power is need of the hour and the department is into it, adding, “In the last 2 to 3 years, Centre has given Rs 8,000 crore to the state for augmentation process, which is going to begin at the earliest.”The Minister said that tenders were finalized and the contractors are also identified while the work of augmentation will begin from June 6 from Udhampur district.
“Our target of providing 24×7 power supply to the consumers will surely be achieved but it will take some time,” he added and appealed to people not to indulge in power theft and do not waste electricity.
He further added that teams of PDD in assistance with the police will be monitoring and keeping surveillance on power thefts and action will be initiated against the guilty and added, “grid stations at Canal, Janipira and Burn are also being upgraded and augmented to meet the power crisis.”The Minister also said that faulty transformers will be replaced with new gadgets and overall infrastructure is also being enhanced.
“We are also facing manpower shortage in the department and the matter will be taken up in the next cabinet meeting,” said Mr Sharma, assuring that comprehensive reorganization is being done and the need basis, daily wagers working with the PDD, will also be provided safety gadgets and other facilities to make them secure.
He reiterated the Government’s commitment to improve power scenario in the state and said that augmentation of the infrastructure will be intensified in the coming days.
The Minister informed that power infra augmentation work is being speeded up from this month as tender process for pending works has been completed.
He anticipated cooperation and patience from the public and expressed hope that augmentation work will be completed in a stipulated time.
He said that due to increase in temperature in Jammu region the common masses are suffering a lot on account of power shortage. Minister stated that around 650 MVA power is required in Jammu region and the supply is 500 MVA, resulting in power curtailment.
Minister acknowledged that the present infrastructure is not capable of providing the power supply consistently and hence needs to be augmented for tapping the full potential.
On the issue of power thefts and unnecessary use of power, the minister stressed that the power needs to be used judiciously. He said that the department is initiating a strict surveillance against power thefts and the corruption within the department shall not be spared at any cost.
The Minister further said that, three to four Grid Stations of Jammu city are going to be upgraded soon adding that the Canal Grid Station with the capacity of 50 MVA has been already installed.
He said that 20- MVA additional transformer will be commissioned at Janipur Grid and Barn to Janipur line is in process of augmentation. He said that 3 Receiving Stations at Hakkal, Jawala & Barnai will be inaugurated on June 3.
The Minister said that unnecessary shutdown will be avoided but the necessary shutdown for augmentation and strengthening shall be taken accordingly.
The Minister assured that all the remedial measures shall be taken well in time to provide un-interrupted power supply in Jammu.