KASHMIR LIFE (KL): Winters have set in and the power curtailments have also returned. Is this how the winters would be?
AIJAZ AHMAD DAR (AAD): Power curtailment is a system constraint. Till the time we will achieve demand side management and additional capacity, this curtailment will remain. Maybe in next two years this curtailment would be off, after capacity addition and demand side management is done by way of LT cabling and proper metering. This procedure will give us the boost of 300 MW.
KL: Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) has said that power supply to homes is key to saving lives because the Covid-19 patients being treated at home require power for Oxygen supply?
AAD: As far as hospital and Covid-19 centres are concerned, we are already providing them round the clock power supply. Instead of giving this statement, DAK should ask people to use electricity judiciously, so that we will be able to reduce our curtailment. If there is some emergency patient and he needs oxygen and his inverter is drained, at that time he can approach us and may be if we have the capacity, we can provide them at the cost of other feeder.
KL: Every winter PDD sends checking squads to confiscate gadgets, but that hardly impacts the overall power scenario. How do you look upon it?
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