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Adv Sharma takes review of power scenario in Kashmir

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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.



Adv Bhatnagar calls for judicious use of water throughout JK

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Jan 16: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar released the annual calendar 2020 of Departments of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation & Flood Control here today.

The Advisor  released the calendar in the presence of Commissioner Secretary PHE, I&FC Ajit Kumar Sahu and other concerned officers.

The main theme of the calendar is to highlight the water conservation measures in the households while using water for daily use.


On the occasion, the Advisor complimented the Departments for bringing out the calendar on such a theme which is an essential part of everyone’s daily life.

The Advisor exhorted upon the concerned to focus mainly on educational institutions and public places like bus stops and railway stations besides other utilities while distributing the calendars to further its message.

He also impressed upon the officers to launch a massive awareness campaign for judicious use of water and conservation techniques throughout Jammu and Kashmir.

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DSP arrest: CISF given control of Srinagar, Jammu airports

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, Jan 16: Airports in Srinagar and Jammu are to be “immediately” brought under the security cover of the CISF in view of the arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, a Jammu and Kashmir government order has said. The two sensitive airports are to be “handed over” to the CISF by January 31, the order of the Jammu and Kashmir Home Department to the Director General of Police (DGP) said.

“This issue (CISF security at Srinagar and Jammu airports) has acquired immediacy in view of the recent developments relating to the arrest of Davinder Singh, DSP airport security, for trying to assist militants to travel to other parts of the country,” the order issued on Wednesday said. Police had arrested Singh, a deputy superintendent of police, at Mir Bazar in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday, along with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists Naveed Baba and Altaf, besides a lawyer who was operating as an overground worker for terror outfits.

The two airports are guarded by the CRPF and the J-K Police at present. The Union government had last year decided that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be handed over security of these two airports along with the one in Leh in view of their sensitive and strategic location and the threats it faced related to possible terrorist and hijack attempts.


CISF is the national civil aviation security force and at present it guards 61 airports including the ones at Delhi and Mumbai. PTI had on January 13 reported that the Union home ministry sanctioned about 800 personnel to the CISF in order to take over security duties at the three airports of the newly created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

As per the original plan, the CISF was to take over Jammu airport by next month and the Srinagar and Leh airports after the spell of severe cold ends. However, officials said, keeping in mind the arrest of the DSP and his alleged links, the latest order has been issued which also directs the J-K Police to make arrangements for accommodation, transport and other logistical requirements of the armed contingent of the CISF on a quick basis.

Once inducted at the most-sensitive Srinagar airport, the CISF will secure access control at both city and air side (tarmac area) while the CRPF will be responsible for securing the outer periphery. At the Jammu airport, the peripheral security duties will be rendered by the JK Police.

An assortment of surveillance and security gadgets like CCTVs, observation monitors, hand-held metal detectors, bullet-proof patrol vehicles and bomb detection and disposal equipment are also being provided by the airport operator, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), to the CISF. The Union government sometime back made it clear that CISF will be the only civil airports guarding force and all such facilities in the country will be gradually brought under its command to bolster aviation security and tighten anti-terror and anti-hijack protocols.

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We’re recommending Davinder Singh’s sacking: DGP




Jammu, Jan 15: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said it is recommending to the central government that the Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, who was arrested while travelling with two Hizbul terrorists, should be sacked.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said while speaking at a press conference said that Davinder Singh has now been suspended from his duties.

“He has been suspended, we are recommending his sacking to the government. Cannot share right now what has been revealed during the interrogation,” Jammu and Kashmir DGP said.


As per the sources, National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director-General earlier in the day met Union Home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla pertaining to an investigation of a case related to Deputy SP Davinder Singh, who was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police while he was travelling with two Hizbul terrorists.

The investigation of the case has been handed over to NIA, sources claimed.

The sources further said that a team headed by IG level officer will go to Jammu and Kashmir for the investigation soon.


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