JK heading towards severe energy crisis: Survey
T&D losses touch whopping 62%; State needs 4000 MW by 2020-21
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Mar 9: Ineffective power reforms pushing the Transmission and Distribution losses to a whopping 62 percent and having been able to tap just 760 .46 MW hydel power potential (state owned projects) out of 16480 MW identified capacity, the Jammu and Kashmir is heading to severe energy crisis in the coming years.
Dubbing it as perpetually energy deficient state, the Economic Survey, 2012-13 points out that the base load requirement of the state is about 716 MW and peak demand is currently pegged at about 2600 MW, while the total generation capacity of its own projects is just 760 MW which goes far down during the winter with fall in the water discharge in the rivers.
It also mentions that while the state is entitled to just 12 percent out of 1680 MW generated in the hydel projects constructed in central sector, as per pre- conditions imposed by the rendering institutions, the state is bound to sell about fifty percent of the energy of its own 450 MW Baglihar Power Project to the outside buyers, leaving its own customers striving for the energy.
Quoting the sixteenth All India Power Survey on the increasing demand of power in the state, it says that Jammu and Kashmir would require about 4000MWs by 2020 -21, while out of total the estimated 16480 hydel power potential, the state has been able to tap just fifteen percent (2457.96 MW) with major part of 1680 MW being generated in the central sector of which it gets only 12 percent.
The survey also puts the power losses in the state (gap between receipts and expenditure) to Rs 1993 crore during the year 2011-12, showing an increase of 33.94 percent against the previous year.
Calling for major structural reforms and tightening of controls, the survey has noted huge T&D loses as major area of concern and attributes the lapse to technical reasons including outdated system. It suggests establishment of regulatory mechanism , metering of feeders and consumers and time bound distribution reforms , besides up-gradation of system to over come this problem.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST
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