SRINAGAR — In an unexpected turn of developments, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a 25 percent sudden cut in the power supply from outside, a move that has triggered a “temporary power deficit in the UT.”
Officials privy to the development told the news agency KNO that J&K’s power supply has been cut by 25 percent without “any clear reasons.”
Kashmir region, as per official sources, will face the brunt of the power shortage given the soaring temperatures in Jammu, where the power department is resorting to minimum possible cuts.
Sources, while divulging the details, said that presently, there is a deficit of nearly 25 percent electricity supply from the Centre. “This has triggered a temporary power crisis in J&K,” they said, adding that there was no clarity as to what led to the power availability issue, but it seems that such a situation would continue for some time.
“The deficit of 20-25% electricity has forced the KPDCL as well as the JPDCL to go for the power cuts,” sources said, adding that power cuts are less in Jammu compared to Kashmir. “Kashmir can bear given the low temperatures. In Jammu, there is a heat wave, so cuts are less there,” an official source disclosed.
Pertinently, consumers from different areas of Kashmir here have complained of power cuts again, stating that the erratic power supply has once again led to their sufferings here.
Mushtaq Ahmad, a local from Chattabal area of Srinagar, said that the KPDCL has once again resorted to the power cuts from last Saturday. “The department had changed the winter power curtailment schedule, but the power cuts have once again led to hardships for the people,” he said.
The KPDCL officials, however, said they were not aware of how long the crisis would continue. An official said that things would be clear in a week’s time as to what led to the sudden cut in the power supply to J&K.