Owais Gul

Power predicament likely to end in Kashmir: CE PDD

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Srinagar: The power crisis in Kashmir would likely come to an end by the end of next week as the much-hyped Alesteng grid station is all set to be commissioned after a few days, officials said on Tuesday.
Officials in Power Development Department (PDD) said that the work over the Alesteng grid station is in final stage.
Notably, the grid station that is set to be commissioned was constructed at the cost of around Rs 109 crore. The Alesteng transmission line would provide additional 280 MW electricity to the Valley which would play a significant role in minimizing the wide gap between the region’s demand and supply, officials said.
Chief Engineer Power Development Department (PDD), Transmission, Hashmat Qazi said that it would take almost a week now to commission the Alesteng grid station, saying that they are currently going ahead with the testing of lines.
He said that the power shortage in Kashmir will come to an end soon after the transmission line is commissioned.
The people across Kashmir at present have been complaining about erratic power supply while the PDD Chief Engineer, Aijaz Ahmad Dar said that the frequent power cuts are the outcome of the overloading by the consumers.
Asked about change in power schedule in Kashmir, Dar said that a new power schedule will be announced in Kashmir once the Alesteng grid station is commissioned after one week.
Pertinently, the completion of Alesteng grid station missed multiple deadlines so far.
Earlier on December 01, 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had stated that Alesteng grid station will be commissioned by the need of December 2019.
However, the completion time was extended with officials, saying the grid station will be commissioned by the end of January this year or up to February 10, 2020.

Owais Gul

Owais Gul is a reporter and covers all issues people face in daily lives and can be contacted at owais2@kashmirvision.in

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