KPDCL announces new curtailment schedule in Kashmir
The Power Development Department now Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has announced a power curtailment schedule in the Kashmir Valley for winter months.
As per the new curtailment schedule non-metered areas will face 6 to 7.5 hours of power cuts in a day, while metered areas will face 4.5 to 6 hours curtailment in a day.
Notably, last month KPDCL had announced a power curtailment schedule of 1.5 hours in metered areas and 3 hours in non-metered areas.
Now, as per the new schedule power curtailment schedule has been increased almost twice that of the schedule announced earlier.
An official of the KPDCL told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the schedule has been announced for some feeders where demand has increased manifold and the curtailment schedule will be around 4.5 to 6 hours in metered areas and 6 to 7.5 hours in non-metered areas depending upon the load.
He said that this has been done as the misuse of electricity continues unabated even though the supply was increased 15 percent as compared to last year. “The demand has increased to over 2800 MW, while we can supply around 1750 MW, do keeping that in vied the new schedule has been announced,” he said.
He also appealed to the consumers to make judicious use of the electricity so that the department is not forced to go for further power curtailments. (KNS)