Despite having potential for generating more than 20,000 mega watts of hydro power within state, Jammu Kashmir government purchases more than 70 percent of required electricity from outside states and companies including that from NHPC.
As per details provided by the government, the JK government during last three years has supplied 40027 million units of electricity to the consumers in the state.
“Of which 8618 MUs is self generation and remaining 31,409 MUs which constitutes 72 percent of the total consumption of power is purchased from outside,” the reply by the Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh to a question of MLA, Muhammad Yusuf reads.
Singh said that total unrestricted requirement of energy in the state during the year 2014-15 and 2015-16 was 18000 MUs and 18562 MUs respectively.
As per Economic Survey-2016 JK government in last five years has spent Rs 20,000 crore to buy power from Central Public Sector Undertaking, mainly from NHPC.
The figures in the survey report mentions that in 2015-16, JK government spent Rs 4,803 crore on power purchases from outside. In 2014-15, Rs 4,661 crore were spent on power purchases, in 2013-14, Rs 3989 crore, in 2012-13, Rs 3510 crore and in 2011-12, Rs 3051 crore were spent on power purchased from outside the state. This includes the electricity purchased from NHPC, which generates more than 2,000 MW within state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Out of the identified potential, only 3263 MW i.e. 20 percent of identified potential has been exploited until now which comprises 1211.96 MW in state sector, 2009 MW in central sector and 42.5 MW in private sector.
The estimated Hydro power potential of the state is 20,000 Megawatts (MW) of which about 16475 MW have been identified. This comprises 11283 MW in Chenab Basin, 3084 MW in Jhelum Basin, 500 MV in Ravi Basin and 1608 MW in Indus basin.”