PDD once again fails the state, 100 per cent metering, 24 hour power to remain a distant dream


The Power Development Department like always has not been able to change the way it works, and despite multiple complaints, and intervention from highest quarters in government has failed to solve the problem of power shortage, pilferage, and loss of voltage. This is despite the fact that power meters have been installed in urban areas in Jammu and Srinagar which the PDD claimed would resolve all the problems related to power shortage, cuts, and low voltage. However despite the passage of the Electricity Power Act 2010 which made it clear that meters must be installed within 2 years, the department has not been able to ensure 100 per cent metering. In fact the law states that there could no new connection without a meter but all this has been thrown to the winds as for the officials it is more lucrative to violate law than implement it.

With much fanfare it was also announced that connections with meters will be supplied non-stop power but this too remained a pipe dream. Despite repeated protests the people of Jammu, and even Kashmir are suffering from massive power cuts, shortages, and low voltage which causes problems during extreme summer and winter. The State Electricity Regulatory Commission has extended the deadline of metering multiple times but it is ridiculous that now PDD has sought exemption upto 2018-19 which means that power cuts, and failures will remain perpetual in the state. There is no guarantee that PDD will be able to fix the system in next four years as well because it is in the interest of the corruption officials to keep a status quo because it allows large scale pilferage in the system.