Srinagar, Jan 13: Jammu and Kashmir would be able to provide 24-hour power supply in the next four years only if it doubles the power purchase to meet the demand of consumers.
For the last one decade, over Rs 30,000 crore has been spent on power purchase by the state government.
Official figures reveal that state government spent Rs 1,355 crore on power purchase in 2006-2007, Rs 1750 crore in 2007-08, and Rs 2034 in 2008-09.
During 2015-16, around Rs 4800 crore was spent on power purchase by the state. While the power development department has projected that it would purchase power from Rs 5,058.42 in the current fiscal.
The Power Development Department has proposed to purchase power Rs 7325.13 crore in 2020-2021 to provide 24-hour power supply to the consumers.
An official of the PDD said that department has told government that 24 hour power supply could be possible only if the power purchase is doubled.
“In Kashmir, there is availability of 1200 megawatts while the demand is far higher. The double in power purchase will end power crisis and provided 24 hour supply,” the official said.
There are also around 110 villages, comprising of three lakh households, which are un-electrified so far. The official said that it depends on the government whether it would double its power budget.
J&K is one among the states having vast hydro power potential from where electricity is also being supplied to several parts of India. While the state on its own is suffering for want of power.
“JK has to purchase electricity worth hundreds of crores annually from the centre-owned NHPC and other power corporations,” the PDD, said. “The J&K gets a share of just
“About 13 percent from the electricity that NHPC generates is in the state. The state is facing shortage of electricity especially during winters,” he said.
The state has a hydroelectricity potential of 20,000 MWs of which around 3000 MWs have been identified so far with NHPC generating 2009 MWs from its seven power projects which is almost half of the energy, the power giant generates from its projects in other states.
At the same time, there has been around 50 percent revenue generation gap over the years.
To reduce the revenue generation gap, the PDD has also decided to expedite the installation of metering process and has set up the 2019 deadline for its completion.
Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh, who is also the power minister, recently told The Kashmir Monitor that the state would purchase more power in the coming years to ensure 24x7 electricity supply is provided to the consumers.
“You will see a visible change in improvisation of power supply in the coming years. Various schemes are also being launched which will increase the power supply of the state,” he had said.