J&K: Power situation will improve within a week’s time: Div Com Bidhuri

Srinagar, Nov 22 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir authorities on Wednesday said the power situation in the Kashmir valley will improve within a week’s time.

Talking to media here, Divisional Commissioner Vijay Kumar Bidhuri said that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has taken up the issue with the central government and the power situation in Kashmir valley is likely to improve within a weeks’ time.

Kashmir valley sees unscheduled power cuts amid severe wintery conditions, making the life of the people miserable.

“We are seriously considering it with the main aim to give power supply sufficiently to the people during winter months”, Bidhuri said.

He said for purchasing extra power, a committee has been constituted on the directions of Lieutenant Governor which will give its decision very soon.

“Within a weeks’ time the power generation will increase and the situation will improve”, the Divisional Commissioner added.

He admitted that the unscheduled power cuts remain very painful for the people and we are looking at it.

The Divisional Commissioner said that “there were two issues that reduced the electricity supply to the consumers.. firstly the onset of early severe winter which was not expected and secondly there were some issues with the generation capacity of electricity due to no rains”.

He said as the authorities had issued a power cut schedule for 4.30 hours to 6 hours in the metered areas and 8 to 10 hours for the non- metered areas and that could not be followed due to excessive demand due to onset of severe winter.

Bidhuri said in the flat rate areas the demand of power supply increased by five to ten times in different natures which need at times to apply distress cuts to save the transmission lines.

He urged those who are using electricity on flat rates and others to use less electricity gadgets to save energy.

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