The Jammu Kashmir government Thursday ducked the question of having any concrete plan to provide an uninterrupted power supply in winters to COVID-19 positive persons who rely on oxygen concentrators during home quarantine.
Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD) Rohit Kansal did not entertain the question when asked about the government's arrangements for providing uninterrupted power supply this winter to COVID-19 positive persons relying on oxygen supply at home.
“I have heard your question. I will get back to you in three to four days,” Kansal told Rising Kashmir on the sidelines of a news conference.
As per Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) preliminary assessment, the demand is likely to raise around 2000 MWs to 2100 MWs this winter against the availability of 1650 MWs.
Last winter, there was a requirement of around 1900 MWs of electricity in the Valley and PDD was in a position to provide only 1300 MWs.
The shortage of 650 MWs resulted in 8-hour long power outages in non-metered areas and five-hour power cuts in metered areas.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said modalities had been finalised for the upcoming 850 MW, new joint venture Ratle project which would generate 6298 MW at the cost of Rs 54,593 crore substantially enhancing the generation capacity in the region.
“It has taken us 40 years to reach the capacity of 3000 MW power generation. I assure that the target of the next 3000 MW will be reached within the next four years,” the Lt Governor said addressing the media at Raj Bhawan.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer KPDCL, Ajaz Ahmad Dar told Rising Kashmir that “moderate usage of electricity holds the key for uninterrupted power supply this winter”.