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No power cuts in Jammu city; curtailment in unmetered areas restricted below 6 hrs

June 20:
Giving respite to people
during this scorching hot
weather, Power
Development Department
(PDD) has announced that
there will be no power curtailment in Jammu city
from June 20 onwards while
power cuts in rural and
unmetered areas will be
restricted below six hours.
According to an official
communiqué in this regard,
the decision has been taken in

view of improvement in
power supply situation from
Baghlihar and increased
power allocation from
Government of India.
However, sources said,
there is still a shortfall of at
least 300 MW power
between the demand and supply in Jammu region and
hence the rural areas as well
as the towns, including all the
District headquarters except
Jammu, will continue to face
shutdowns.
Pertinent to mention that
Jammu city was being sub

jected to shutdowns of
around two hours duration
per day despite installation of
smart meters while in the
unmetered rural areas, the
curtailment was being
enforced for duration of at
least six to eight hours in a
day.
Chief Engineer PDD,
Sandeep Seth told the
Excelsior that there would be
zero curtailment in Jammu
city from June 20 onwards
while duration of power shutdowns would be restricted to

jected to shutdowns of
around two hours duration
per day despite installation of
smart meters while in the
unmetered rural areas, the
curtailment was being
enforced for duration of at
least six to eight hours in a
day.
Chief Engineer PDD,
Sandeep Seth told the
Excelsior that there would be
zero curtailment in Jammu
city from June 20 onwards
while duration of power shutdowns would be restricted to

improvement in power supply,
Jammu is still facing a deficit of
at least 300 MW. Against the
demand of 1400 MW, Jammu is
getting a total supply of 1100
MW only thus leading to
enforcement of shutdowns and
consequent protests by the
affected people.
The Government had repeatedly announced that there would
be no curtailment in the areas
where smart meters were
installed, but in Jammu city where
100 percent metering has been
completed, people were still being
subjected to power shutdown.
Sources explained that by
deciding zero curtailment in
metered area of Jammu city, the
Government has intended to
encourage people in getting the
smart meters installed in their
respective areas also.
Meanwhile, pointing towards
subsidized power tariff and
advance payment to gencos
(power generating companies),
PDD spokesperson has appealed
the general public to use power
judiciously and pay their electricity bills in time enabling JKPDD to
ensure smooth power supply to
consumers during these peak summer days

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