The territory of Jammu Kashmir produces 2,439 megawatts of electricity from its hydro-electric projects against the requirement of unrestricted 1,328 MW (1,024 – 1,490 MW), and against the demand of 938 MW in Jammu, the area receives 819 MW. When the demand increases in the harsh winters and hits 1900, the far-flung areas and even the towns are left in darkness for hours. The installed capacity of the hydel projects in the territory is 3,389 megawatts, but the production is short 950 MW, and despite enough power to light both of the regions, most of this electricity is transmitted and exploited towards the neighboring Indian states regions. The electricity that is produced in the region is then exported, and the same resources are then sold back to the same people at higher prices. The region can produce 20,000 MW against the demand of 2,439 megawatts which produces a decent opportunity for revenue generation.
However, to add to the exploitation, more than 70% of our electricity is purchased from the Northern Grid. The exchequer of JK paid 27,14,95,400 United States Dollar (20,000 Crores – 20 Billion INR) to buy power in five years (2011-2015). In 2011-12, 40,72,43,100 United States Dollar (3051 crores – 30 Billion INR), in 2012-13, 47,51,16,950.00 United States Dollar (3510 crores – 35 Billion INR), in 2013-14 it was 52,94,09,010 United States Dollar (3989 crores – 39 Billion INR). For the fiscal year of 2014-15, it was 62,46,34,460 USD (4661- 46 Billion INR), and 2015-20116, it was 65,15,80,320 USD (4,803 crore – 48 Billion INR). Out of the total capacity of 20,000 MW, 16475 have been identified that includes 11283 in Chenab, 3084 MW in Jhelum Basin, 500 MV in Ravi Basin, and 1608 MW in Indus Basin, (and then they’re claiming to develop us). Coming back to the question that many of the foreigners pose, can Kashmir survive? Yes. It can. Hydro-Electricity is one sector that can be used to generate revenue along with the other sectors of the valley. Given that if all the power that is produced in the place is not transmitted to neighboring regions, not just the winter blackouts will be resolved, but at the same time, if we were to concentrate on the full potential of the energy in the region, it will surely help in the sustenance.