As the winter has already arrived in the Valley, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) is giving final touches to the preparations it has made to ensure that there are no power disruptions in the coming months.
The branch cutting has commenced and transmission lines are being upgraded to ensure that the power system remains intact during the difficult days. The new power curtailment schedule is likely to be announced in the first week of November.
During the past two years the KPDCL has done a commendable job by ensuring that the Valley doesn’t plunge into darkness during the chilly weather conditions. People are hoping that this year also the KPDCL won’t disappoint them.
This year Kashmir didn’t witness any major power outages and the erratic cuts during the summer months and one hopes that the KPDCL would ensure the same in the coming months. The winter months are a testing time for the KPDCL and it has to live upto the expectations of the people.
In recent years KPDCL’s revenue collection has increased. Besides domestic consumers, government departments are also clearing their dues and the defaulters have been made to fall in the line. It’s an achievement for the corporation.
In winter months the KPDCL depends heavily upon the Northern Grid to fill in the supply demand gap as the capacity of the projects generating electricity on the run of river in Kashmir declines due to water levels going down.
To ensure that power cuts don’t become a routine in the winter months, the KPDCL needs to formulate a comprehensive plan to deal with any kind of situation.
The corporation has acquired modern equipment and it should put them in use so that the consumers don’t suffer. It needs to ensure that transformers are in stock as the transformers getting burnt during winter season in Kashmir is a common phenomenon.
To keep the Valley illuminated is the responsibility of KPDCL and it has to remain prepared to make the lives of people easy.
Weather experts are predicting that the winter this year could be harsh and people should make the preparations in advance to handle the weather vagaries. They have also advised the administration to remain prepared. The KPDCL is following the advice of the experts and is almost ready with the preparations. Now it needs to execute the plans it has prepared.