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Adv Sharma takes review of power scenario in Kashmir

Monitor News Bureau





SRINAGAR, NOV 23, 2019: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, K.K Sharma today chaired an extensive post snowfall review meeting with the officials of Power Development Department (PDD)—directing officers to learn lessons from the challenges and remain prepared much in advance.

Addressing the officers here in Srinagar, the Advisor urged officers of PDD and its allied wings to go for assessment of the damages and do the re-structuring of the department and its allied wings. He directed the officers to work in close coordination for avoiding any eventuality in view of the inclement weather.

Chief Engineer, PDD, Distribution, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer, Transmission, Aijaz Ahmad Dar, SEs X-ens, Financial Advisor (PDD), among other senior officer of the department attended the meeting.


Advisor Sharma said that natural calamities offer a learning process for the administration. “We must sit and introspect as to learn from failures,” he said.

Earlier, the officials informed the meeting that during summers, PDD supplied 24×7 power supply to both to metered as well as unmetered consumers, except for a very few localized areas with system constraints. It was informed that on an average, the department has been supplying peak load of 1200 MW and in climate, the department faced challenge of supplying increased load, which gradually surges from onset of autumn and peaks in winter.

Chief Engineer, PDD (Distribution), Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi informed the meeting that at present, ‘Peak Load’ of around 1750 MW is being encountered during evening prime hours.  He said that this winter, the department is expecting unrestricted peak demand of 2000-2100 MW.

He said that due to the constraints at grid, transmission level the department in recent past has been supplying peak load of 1250 MW. However, with the optimal utilization of available resources and close coordination PDD has been serving additional load of 100 MW during peak hours, thereby increasing the total load served to 1350 MW.

Chief Engineer, PDD (Transmission), Aijaz Ahmad Dar informed the meeting that under construction Zainakoot-Alestang Transmission line occurred massive damages in recent snowfall by causing damage to 10 vital towers. He however informed that a comprehensive contingency plans have been drawn to work again on war footing basis. He said similarly 132KV Badampora-Bandipora line too suffered huge tower damage and line work will function again after repairing of damaged towers.

Power Scenario & Curtailment

In its endeavor to maintain stable power supply during winters, when the peak demand is forecast as 2000-2100 MW, PDD is constrained to enforce load shedding of around 700-750 MW.

The meeting was informed that with the commissioning of 220 KV ring line connecting Zainakote grid and Aulesteng Grid at 220 kV level, the City grids: Waganpora, Habbak,  Cheshmashahi and Pampore Grid will be able to feed  additional power to the order of 200 MW to Srinagar and other adjoining  areas, thereby reducing the infrastructure constraint and minimizing the curtailment hours in the City.

The meeting was informed that in order to avoid unscheduled cuts due to constrictions of existing infrastructure at 33 kV level and below, Up-gradation of critically overloaded 33 kV feeders & Receiving Stations is being carried out under various centrally sponsored schemes like PMRP / DDUGJY /IPDS.

Establishment of Control Rooms The meeting was informed that establishment of control rooms and buffer stocking of material to meet any eventuality due to adverse weather and calamity and five Control Rooms have been established to coordinate the restoration process at major Grid Stations across the valley.



154 snow clearance machines stationed across Kashmir: Div Comm

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Dec 09: In view of inclement weather, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review arrangements made by the Line Departments.

The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Directors of Food, Education & Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineers of PDD, PHE R&B and PMGSY, Commissioner SMC, Principal GMC, GM JKSRTC, SSP Traffic, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Joint Director Fire & Emergency, Staff Officer to IGP, SP (Headquarter), Deputy Directors of Health & MET, Superintending Engineers of MED & PDD, SP Traffic (Rural), Executive Engineers of MED, NHAI & BEACON, Senior officers of SKIMS, Project Head RAMKY and other concerned officers of Line Departments were present in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners of nine districts of the Kashmir division participated the meeting through video conferencing.

The Divisional Commissioner sought detailed feedback from Deputy Commissioners and officials of concerned Departments regarding stock position of essentials including food grains, LPG, Petrol, Kerosene oil. He also sought present status of electricity & water supply, buffer stock of power transformers, additional water tankers, deployment of snow clearance machines, functioning of Control Rooms of Line Department & Disaster Relief Centers and SDRF, besides heating arrangements in Hospitals, Medical supplies, presence of doctors and paramedic staff in health institutions.


The meeting also discussed present status of National Highway, Mughal Road & Srinagar-Leh Road, besides helicopter services and winter dumping of essentials in far-flung areas.

Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) informed the meeting that 154 snow clearance machines were already distributed among the districts.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) to gear up their men and machinery. He also directed them to position adequate number of snow clearance machines at various locations.

BEACON AND RAMKY was asked to ensure the timely deployment of men and machines on the Airport and National Highway for snow clearance. The concerned departments were asked to send location-wise details of snow clearance machines to the respective Deputy Commissioners immediately.

SMC Commissioner was directed to frame duty roaster for all Muncipal wards of the city indicating deployment of staff as well as machinery. He was asked to ensure that all measures are put in place to clear snow from lanes and bye-lanes besides deploying de-watering pumps in the low lying areas.

The Divisional Commissioner warned that no laxity in snow clearance operations will be tolerated and any delinquency in this regard will be stringently dealt with.

In order to avoid unscheduled power cuts, The Div Comm directed PDD to adhere to the power scheduled in letter and spirit besides ensuring to enhance the buffer stock of additional transformers at each district.

Chief Engineer PHE will ensure hassle free water supply to the public while augmenting water tanker service.

The Health authorities were asked to ensure adequate heating arrangements, while ensuring sufficient availability of medicines during the winter in all the health intuitions of Kashmir division.

Director Food was directed to ensure availability of kerosene oil to all districts as per schedule.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to conduct surprise inspection of control rooms of concerned departments and ensure their round the clock functioning so that people get real time information about essential services. He directed the concerned DCs to ensure wide-publicity of contact numbers of Control Rooms though print and electronic media.

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Dulloo reviews progress on utility works of AIIMS Jammu, Srinagar

Monitor News Bureau



Jammu, Dec 9: Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo today chaired a meeting to review the progress on various utility works going on at the AIIMS institutes in Jammu and Srinagar.

The meeting discussed the land acquisition issues, construction of approach road, provision of water supply, electricity, construction of boundary wall and other related aspects of the project.

The FC enjoined upon the officers to work in tandem and close coordination to complete the utility and other construction works at both the places in a time bound manner.


The meeting was attended by various officials from Central Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering Department, Power Development Department, Public Works Department, Revenue Department, Director (Coordination), New Medical Colleges Jammu.

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Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, December 6: Former adviser to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security adviser in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, an official order said.

The 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J-K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states,” the order said.The appointment order issued by the Union Home Ministry on December 3 stated that 67-year-old Kumar would be in the position for a period of one year from the date of his taking charge.

Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF, in 2012, Kumar was appointed senior security adviser (LWE) in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

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