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Amid power crisis, government to shut the only thermal plant at Kashmir’s Pampore

Last Updated on April 19, 2022 at 10:50 am

People in Jammu and Kashmir are already facing the power crisis which is affecting their lives at a larger extent and administration has come up with a harsh decision.

As per reports, thermal plant situated in Pampore in Pulwama district of Kashmir shall be closed. This plant which is a gas turbine is going to be shut down by the government built at a cost of Rs 224 crore. Generation of electricity through this thermal plant started to incur more costs and has a total power generation capacity of 175 MW.

Since many years, in any case of emergency electricity was generated through this plant.

Under the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, most of the hydroelectric projects in J&K are built under the Run the Water scheme which resulted in reduced power generation capacity in cold weather. Thus, electricity was supplied through thermal plants.

Raja Yakub Farooq, Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation told Early Times that thermal plant at Pampore will be shut down as nearly Rs 30 per unit of electricity was being produced from this plant, whereas Rs 3 per unit of electricity was being provided in the market and further added that it has been decided to close this plant.

Moreover, rising prices of diesel is also the reason behind the plant’s closure as it is a gas turbine and diesel is used for its operation.