Providing uninterrupted domestic power supply remains a vexatious issue for the government and the Power Distribution Department (PDD) despite the fact Jammu and Kashmir is purchasing power from Central pool. The State with its vast hydro-electric wealth does not produce enough power to meet the domestic demand, the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses have remained always on the higher side with old, outdated and poor infrastructure. Even the former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during his tenure had asked PDD to provide uninterrupted power supply to consumers as there has been some improvement in power supply. The Governments of the day have been talking of taking back hydro-electric power projects from public sector to make them workable for the State’s requirement has remained a nonstarter till date. The issue of transfer of power projects has remained a knotted one for the State, Centre and power majors like NHPC, which is manning all the hydro power projects in the State, till date. It was then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who had made bold statements to get back Salal and Dulhasti from NHPC and the Shahpur Kandi project on the propriety of the usage of water. Omar at that time had made a strong case for raising free power quota from existing 12 per to 30 per cent in all Central hydro-electric projects in the State. He also sought compensation to the State for Indus Water Treaty that restricts Jammu and Kashmir from exporting hydel power and tapping irrigation potential in full measures. Since exclusive and equitable development of three regions of the State stands at the core of Government’s agenda, the delivery of basic services and public goods across the diverse and remoteness of the State requires generous and sympathetic financial support, he had said few years back. Though at that time People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which was in opposition had taken cudgels for the economic betterment of farmers. And in 2015 the PDP came in power with BJP as partner. The untimely death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed the alliance had a short tenure of ten months and today the State is under Governor’s rule can we hope to get the uninterrupted power supply.
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