Srinagar, July 14: Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Saturday reviewed the progress of power sector here and directed for curbing power pilferage and cutting down on transmission and distribution losses.
Speaking at a meeting here in this regard, Vyas sought detailed progress on projects sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP-15).
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary PDD, Hirdesh Kumar, Development Commissioner Power Asghar Ali Majaz, Executive Director JKSPDC Ajay Gupta, and Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers of various wings of PDD and other senior officers.
Chief Engineer E&MRE Jammu and Superintending Engineers of the Jammu division attended the meeting through video conferencing.
The Advisor sought status of implementation of advanced technological interventional projects like establishment of Smart Grid in industrial areas, installation of 2 lakh smart meters in urban areas, besides installation 9.25 lakh consumer meters included in PMDP and other flagship schemes.
Stressing on curbing power pilferage, the Advisor said that smart grid projects for industrial areas will enable the department to monitor and control supply to these areas at remote control centres which shall facilitate 24X7 quality power supply to these areas.
He directed for early installation of the smart meters in urban areas where hassle-free communication is available and pre-paid meters in rural areas. He also said that with the installation of these meters, the manual meter reading shall be dispensed with so that mechanism of billing system is made digital and foolproof.
“The smart meters will facilitate the consumers to monitor real time consumption of electricity units and amount charged. It will also provide facility to the department to enforce demand side management for ensuring 24×7 quality supply to the consumers,” the meeting was informed.
The prepaid meters can be charged by the consumers in the same manner as pre-paid mobile phones are charged and consumers will get supply from the meter till pre-paid amount is exhausted and consumer can recharge the meter again for continuation of the supply.
Saying that the new initiatives shall help the department to cut down on the revenue deficit of Rs 3500 crore per year, Vyas asked the department to replace all existing conventional meters with smart meters and prepaid meters in 2-year time-frame.
The Advisor issued instructions to fix responsibility at individual level to complete the projects in time bound manner and directed the officers to review monthly progress at CEs level.
He also instructed to flag the issues related to land acquisition so that same are taken up with the concerned officers at earliest.
To ensure timely completion of projects tendered to different companies, Vyas directed the officers to ensure that the manpower provided by the consultants for execution of various schemes possess the relevant qualification and experience.
Commissioner Secretary PDD informed the meeting that Government of India has sanctioned projects worth Rs 8011 crore under DDUGJY, RGGVY-II, IPDS and PMDP for capacity addition/ strengthening of generation, transmission and distribution systems in the State’s power sector.
He said that works under these schemes have been divided into 380 projects, out of which 361 projects have been tendered out, 276 projects are awarded, tenders of 81 projects are under finalization, 149 projects are completed and work is under progress in 127 projects. In addition, RAPDRP scheme is also under implementation at sanctioned cost of Rs 1817 Cr.
Regarding generation sector, it was informed that the total capacity available under Central, State and Private Sectors is 3124 MW and will be increased to 3571 MW by the end of the year end.
The Advisor was also apprised that transmission level at 220kV and 132kV, 220kV Srinagar – Leh Transmission Line, 220/132 kV, 320MVA Grid Station Alsteng, 400kV Samba-Delina line and Augmentation of 220/132kV Delina Grid Station are under progress and will be completed by October, 2018 to remove transmission constraints and to provide grid connectivity to Ladakh Region.
Regarding the achievement of department in achieving electrification of all villages in state, the Advisor was informed that all 102 un-electrified villages have been achieved before the stipulated timeline of 30th April, 2018.
“Under Saubhagaya scheme 2 inspirational districts; Baramulla and Kupwara are scheduled to be saturated with 100% household electrification by 31st August, 2018,” meeting was informed.
Inclement Weather: Div Com tours city; inspects ground zero preparations
Srinagar, Jan 19:In the run-up to predicted snowfall, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday conducted extensive city tour to review on ground the preparations made for snow clearance, availability of essential commodities and other important services.
He toured Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk, M.A. Road, Poloview, Dalgate, Sonwar, TRC, Dalgate, Sonwar, TRC, Abdullah Bridge, Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Solina, Rambagh, Barzullah, New Secretariat Road and other areas to inspect snow clearance from main and interior roads.
SMC and Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) officers informed the Div Com that all the men and machinery have been put on high alert in the capital city and the snow clearance operations were started during the night on war footing basis and all roads were through before the morning.
For quick snow clearance operations, MED has deployed 155 snow clearance machines besides snow cutters across the valley so that snow will be cleared on war footing basis.
Officers of PDD, PHE, CA&FCS, Fire and Emergency and other essential services departments informed the Divisional Commissioner regarding preparations and stocking of essential commodities during the inclement weather across the valley.
Khan directed them to work with utmost dedication and synergy to meet any exigency during winters.
The Divisional Commissioner stressed upon all concerned departments to be prepared and keep their men and machinery in ready mode to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration.
Later, the Divisional Commissioner paid a surprise visit to G.B. Pant Hospital Sonwar, Bone & Joint Hospital and other city hospitals and took stock of the Medicare, Sanitation, Heating arrangements and other related facilities available for the patients.
He took a round of wards, laboratory and other diagnostic units and received detailed feedback about the flow of patients, availability of medicines, manpower, status of diagnostic gadgets, sanitation, ambulatory service and other important services.
He also interacted with the visitors, attendants and enquired about the facilities available there.
The Divisional Commissioner called upon all the hospital administrators, doctors and para-medical staff to put in extra efforts to provide best services to the patients.
He said people have high expectations from the doctors and paramedics especially in winter months and they must fulfil these with missionary spirit and medical ethics.
He said that due to the inclement weather conditions, government has made zone and location wise action and management plan across the valley to prevent interruption in services due to the bad weather. Zonal teams from concerned departments have been constituted to meet any exigency during the inclement weather period. Joint control rooms have been set up in every zone which is monitored by main control room at every Deputy Commissioner’s office to review daily operations. Essential Commodities and medicines were already stocked in far flung and cut off areas, he added.
Divisional Commissioner reiterated that administration is fully geared up and prepared to meet any kind of exigency.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Engineers of MED, PDD, PHE, Principal GMC, Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Fire & Emergency Services and other concerned officers the Divisional Commissioner during the visit.
City traffic police issues advisory
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, Jan 19:Srinagar city Traffic police on Saturday issued an advisory for motorists in view of heavy snowfall forecast from today, warning that driving on the roads covered with snow could be very challenging.
In the advisory, the police said in view of predictions of heavy snowfall from January 19-25, driving on roads covered with ice and snow could be very challenging.
It said the key to safe driving is to adopt the following tips:
Avoid unnecessary travel. Drive at an appropriate speed. Minimize the use of two wheelers. Follow lane driving. Use brake judiciously not abruptly. Avoid overtaking. Keep distance while driving. Use low beam headlights to be visible to others. Be cautious while on roads. Deflate tyres to keep low pressure for maintaining a good grip on slippery roads.
The traffic advisory also said that due to security reasons the road stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk up to Ram Munshi Bagh / Gupkar Crossing has been restricted for general vehicular movement till January 25 and there shall be a separate traffic regulation system for January 26 which will be issued in due course of time.
It asked motorists coming from Pantha Chowk and adjacent areas to City Centre to adopt Sonwar- Ram Munshi Bagh-Dalgate-M.A. Road and vice versa.
Motorists coming from Rajbagh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side shall adopt Radio Kashmir Chowk-J&K Bank Corporate Office Crossing-Dalgate-R.M. Bagh-Sonwar up to their destinations, the advisory said.
Motorists coming from South Kashmir/ Pantha Chowk area intending to travel Barzulla/Hyderpora/Rambagh areas are requested to prefer NHW and enter via Natipora/Sanat Nagar.
The police issued following phone numbers for assistance: Traffic Police Office City Srinagar (Tel/Fax) 0194-2455179, Traffic Police Control Room Sgr. (Tel) 0194-2450022, 2485396, WhatsApp No. 8491852218, Toll Free No. 18001807091 and Facebook page:@trafficpolicecitysrinagar.
JK imports genetically modified Trout fish seed from Denmark
Budgam, Jan 19: In a first in India, J&K state imported genetically modified Rainbow Trout Seed from Denmark after 119 years to boost annual production from 500 to 5000 tonnes over next five years.
Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon shared the information after inaugurating the hatchery meant for rearing of genetically improved Rainbow Trout Fish today here at Beerwah Budgam.
On the occasion, Dr Samoon said that the seed will be reared up to brood in the facility and then it will be distributed among fish farmers and other hatcheries of the department.
“We can now produce table size fishes of this variety within 12 to 14 months in comparison to 24 months earlier. It will boost the production and revenue of farmers. J&K state is blessed with abundant fresh water resources which is favorable for rainbow trout fish. It is our endeavor to tap the local potential for lessening the import bill of state on food products,” he said.
He added that genetically modified rainbow trout will have more muscle mass and will increase efficiency of aquaculture in the state.
A consignment of 2.25 lakh Eyed Ova Rainbow Trout imported from Billud in Denmark Rever Roheamger were successfully put in for production of brood stock in the state, he said.
He also said that he is hopeful that with the introduction of Rainbow Trout fish, more and more entrepreneurs will get attracted towards the fish farming due to its high returns.
Dr Samoon also directed the officials to create awareness regarding the high returns of fish farming among the youth.
“We will provide the marketing support to the aspiring entrepreneurs, besides providing them subsidy on seed and feed so that they can successfully run fish rearing ventures,” he said.
He also called for proper maintenance of the hatchery which gets constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 42 lakh.
Meanwhile on the occasion, Dr Samoon also distributed three auto rickshaws for fishermen of District Srinagar and Ganderbal for efficient marketing of their fish produce. He also gave Rs one lakh cheque each to two beneficiaries as accidental insurance.
Dr Samoon also laid foundation stone of District Laboratory, Operation Theater cum indoor facility complex at Budgam which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 95 lakh. The facility will cater to existing cattle population of 1, 42000 of the district.
Later in the day, the Principal Secretary also distributed Broiler Day Old Chicks (DOCs) and feed among the beneficiaries of district Bandipora, under Innovative Poultry Productivity Project (IPPP-Broilers), National Livestock Mission 2018-19 here at Directorate of Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Gaw Kadal Srinagar.
Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir Dr. M. Y. Chaproo was also present on the occasion.
Under IPPP-Broilers, 600 Broiler DOCs per beneficiary along with requisite feed was distributed among the beneficiaries.
On the occasion, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon also released a manual, written in Urdu language, for prevention of scheduled diseases in livestock.
DAK calls LD incident unfortunate, demands impartial probe
Srinagar, Jan 19:Doctors Association Kashmir on Saturday called LD incident unfortunate and appealed the authorities to conduct an impartial probe on fast track basis to ascertain the facts and punish the guilty.
The spokesman said that it is disgusting, unfortunate and pathetic that a pregnant woman who had been referred from Kalaroos Kupwara (150 KM from LD hospital) was denied admission in LD hospital and was asked to leave the hospital at around 8:00 PM and subsequently she delivered on the roadside at Bemina Byepass.
President DAK Dr Suhail Naik said that any referral from the rural health system to medical colleges must be always respected irrespective of medical condition and complication. Sometimes patients are referred to higher setups due to social, emotional and their choice of choosing the place of treatment. It is our professional responsibility that we must consider patient rights, as a basic component of human rights, and support and strengthen them in social terms also.
General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that It is Painful and unfortunate that a patient from Kalaroos Kupwara was asked to leave the hospital at 8:00 pm in harsh winters in the month of Chilikalan. Traditionally our Mosques, Shrines and hospitals are also shelter places for displaced persons.
We request principals of all medical colleges to issue an order wherein any patient who is referred from rural health care system to central hospitals by any specialist should be admitted for at least twenty four hours irrespective of his medical condition.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) requests the Governor led administration for the impartial probe to ascertain the facts and circumstances so that that guilty if any may be punished as per the law of the land.