SAMBA, FEB 14: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated 22 Power transmission and distribution projects worth Rs. 216 Cr at Samba.
Speaking on the occasion Sinha said power infrastructure is being transformed at a fast pace.
“Today’s development represents a giant stride in capacity augmentation and improvement in power supply to consumers of Jammu, Samba, Hiranagar, Kathua, Udhampur, and adjoining areas. The new power projects will meet the power supply demand of the citizens as well as the industrial sector,” he said.
Terming the occasion as historic for the people of Samba, the Lt Governor said that the Samba district has also received a dedicated grid station after a long wait of 15 years.
“We are firm in our resolve for a practical, pragmatic, and viable solution to strengthen the power infrastructure in every district of J&K UT,” the Lt Governor said
To address the current power deficit and to meet the needs of our expanding economy, the government is upgrading transmission & distribution infrastructure that will also enable us to generate productive employment opportunities for youth, added the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and Union Power Minister for their continuous support in strengthening the power sector in J&K. The upcoming Rs 12,922 cr power sector project for the UT will increase the total availability of electricity in the system, especially for the household, industries and agriculture sector.
The Lt Governor said that Jammu and Kashmir, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is moving towards fulfilling the dream of a better life for every citizen.
“We are working on an unprecedented scale in building new infrastructure and improving the facilities available to the citizens,” he added.
“Government will not rest till J&K truly becomes one of the country’s best-developed regions, which the entire nation can be proud of”, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor congratulated the officials of the Power Development Department, the people of Samba, and the adjoining areas on the commissioning of new power projects.
“PDD is making efforts to reduce T&D losses and bring them within reasonable limits. The department has achieved praiseworthy results. However, due to power theft, honest consumers who pay their electricity bills regularly are bearing the brunt of the cost of theft by other unscrupulous elements. We need to sensitize people to pay their bills on time and help the government to make the power sector financially viable,” the Lt Governor observed.
The Lt Governor also made a special mention of Jagmohan Sharma, Chairman JPDCL for highlighting the core issues of the power sector in the UT.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted how the new projects will benefit the people of Samba, Kathua, and adjoining areas.
“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, J&K has entered into the era of equitable development and the change is clearly visible on the ground with the rapid implementation of several development projects,” he added.
Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor and Principal Secretary, Power Development Department delivered the welcome address and highlighted the ongoing efforts of PDD across the UT.
The JKPTCL projects worth Rs 153.42 cr inaugurated today includes 160MVA, 220/66 kV Samba Grid Station including 220KV D/C Jatwal- Samba Transmission Line; 160MVA, 220/66 kV Kathua-II (Ghatti) Grid Station including 220KV D/C LILO of Thein-Hiranagar Transmission Line; LILO-I of 220 KV D/C Hiranagar-Bishnah Transmission Line from 400/220 KV Grid Substation Jatwal and 1x50MVA, 132/33KV Grid Station Battal-Manwal including 132KV D/C Hiranagar-Battal-Manwal Transmission Line, under PMDP and PMRP.
Moreover, 18 power distribution projects (11 in Samba and 7 in Kathua) costing Rs 63 cr under various centrally sponsored schemes including 66/11 KV 33/11 KV Substations and installation of additional power transformers were also e-inaugurated on the occasion.
The projects will improve the Power Supply and reduce the transmission losses, it was informed.
Shiv Anant Tayal, Managing Director, JPDCL presented the Vote of Thanks.
Dr Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Sh. Vivek Gupta, DIG JKS Range; Ms. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Commissioner Samba; Sh Abhishek Mahajan, SSP Samba; Dr. RP Singh, Chairman JKPCL; Sh. Balwan Singh, Vice Chairman, DDC Samba; BDC Chairpersons; PRI and ULB representatives; former legislators; officials of PDD and people in large attended the inaugural ceremony.