JK does not produce sufficient electricity: Omar tweets

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Srinagar, Feb 7 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir is unable tomeet the growing demand of electricity in the state, ChiefMinister Omar Abdullah said today.

"We don''t produce nearly as much power as we need.

It''s a misconception to believe that we do," the ChiefMinister tweeted today.

Abdullah, who is the latest twitterati politician, wasresponding to a Dubai based Kashmiri who had blamed the statefor not fulfilling the growing power demand.

"What a pity that there is a deficit, when we can anddo produce enough power," the Dubai-based Kashmiri had said.

Even as the peak demand of the state has grown from1706 MW in 2004-2005 to 2425 MW in 2010-2011, peak deficit forthe same period has increased from 20.87 per cent to 38.47 percent, Abdullah said.

The Chief Minister, who had earlier assured ofreviewing the state Power Development Department, blamed thefixed rates of power for being a major reason for the deficit.

Metering and computerized billing can be a solution tomeet the deficit, he later tweeted.

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