Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 7: As the speculations are rife that Union government may hand over two National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) run power projects to JK government, the JK would still have to purchase power from other states for round the clock supply as wide gap still exists between demand and generation.
According to the latest data furnished by Union Power Ministry, available with Early Times, the power deficit was so far highest in Jammu and Kashmir across country, which hovers over nearly 19 percent. Even the total generation capacity of all the hydro power projects including NHPC run and JK State Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) is still less as compared to the total energy requirement of the state and if the situation remained the same, the dismal power scenario will not improve in near future.
As per the data available for the last three years, the energy requirement for the year 2013-14 was 15613 MU and energy availability was 12187 MU, with deficit of 3426 MU. In the same period the total generation of power by hydro power projects was 12426 MU. The difference between requirement and generation is 3187 MU and to fill that gap, either state will h
ve to depend on other states for purchase of power or once again curtail the power, the data reveals.
Nod over return of two power projects-Uri-I and Dulhasti-has been given by the Union power ministry and that a formal announcement in this regard shall be made within days. It is likely that the major development in this regard shall take place in April this year or even prior to that.
For the year 2014-15 the energy requirement was 16572 MU and energy availability was 13119 MU with power deficit of 3095 MU. For the same period the power generation by hydro power projects was 14485 MU. The gap between energy requirement and generation capacity was 1729 MU, data reads.
The energy requirement for the year 2015-16 was 16572 MU and energy availability was 14037 MU having a deficit gap of 2536 MU. For the same period the generation capacity was 15136 MU and difference between generation and energy requirement stood at 1436 MU.
Even for the last year till December 2016, the energy requirement was 12861 MU but energy availability was 10415 MU having a deficit of 19 %. The energy generation for the same period was 12749 MU and gap between energy requirement and generation was 112 MU. Even during peak seasons the demand for energy swells.
"Given the ongoing scenario of power, there will be no let off in the problems of masses for many upcoming years as at one hand the distribution losses are already high and state has so far tapped very less hydro potential", an official said.