North India power failure: 7 states suffer, but no blackout out in Kashmir
Kashmir valley didn't face a major crisis following the failure of northern power grid today, which hit power supply across nine states of north India including Delhi.india Updated: Jul 30, 2012 18:40 IST
Kashmir valley didn't face a major crisis following the failure of northern power grid on Monday, which hit power supply across nine states of north India including Delhi.
While the blackout affected several trains of Indian Railways and stalled the Delhi Metro services, the people in valley not even noticed the blackout as power was restored back in many areas at around 9am.
"Our power services were not affected much. In fact, we isolated our power projects within no time after the failure of northern grid and around 340 MW power was restored to run essential services like hospitals immediately," said Chief Engineer, System & Operation Wing Kashmir, Sheikh Gul Ayaz.
He said that there were fluctuations but they were minor in nature. "Although our state's projects like Lower Jhelum, Uri, Upper Sindh and Baghliar can generate a power of 700 MW but that is only possible when synchronized with the national grid," he said.
The blackout however caused inconvenience to people fasting in Ramadhan as dawn meals are prepared and finished before 4 in the morning.
In the afternoon, the power was restored across whole valley. "We faced blackout since 2:30 AM but by 2 pm the electricity has been restored fully," said chief engineer electricity maintenance and rural electrification (EMRE) wing Kashmir, Muzzafar Matoo.
The chief engineer EMRE said the speedy restoration of electricity was possible due to less influx of electricity from the northern grid. "The other states have several lines drawing electricity from the northern grid. But we have a single transmission line coming into the state so we were able to restore power fully," Matoo said.
Omar Abdullah chairs meet to ensure hassle-free electricity
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah on Monday felt the need for employing every option to upgrade and improve power supply situation in the state.
In a meeting with advisor to the deputy chairman, Planning Commission of India, Gajendra Haldea which was also attended by state ministers and bureaucrats, Abdullah was informed on measures to be adopted in power sector to mitigate difficulties on distribution and supply counts, a government spokesman said.
"The chief minister said that the prime concern of the government is to ensure hassle-free power supply to the people adding that effective measures to achieve this goal are need of the hour. He said every option should be factored in to upgrade and improve power supply situation in the State," the spokesman quoted CM as saying.
The meeting also identified the areas where the initiative of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) can be utilized to upgrade power distribution and supply scenario.