‘Govt’s mission to provide 24×7 power supply in next 2 yrs’
Jammu Feb 26: The
mission of the Union Government is to provide 24×7 power to all the districts
of UT of J&K within the next two years, revealed the Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable
Energy (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship, R K Singh on Wednesday.
The Union MoS said this in a high level meeting which was
attended by Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu along with top bureaucratic
officials Wednesday at the Civil Secretariat to review the Power and Renewable
Energy Scenario in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the
modalities for strengthening the power sector in J&K.
the meeting, the Union MoS said that sufficient power is available in the
country but J&K needs to address the issues by putting in place sufficient
Transmission and Distribution system.
further directed the concerned officers to prepare a project for capacity
addition which could ensure 24×7 power to all the consumers of J&K and
submit it to the Government of India.
Union MoS directed all the Union Government officials and members of CPSUs that
the sole aim of their actions should be the welfare of UT of J&K.
J&K government was advised to request for further release of eligible funds
under various CSS & PMDP schemes like Saubhagya, DDUGJY, IPDS, PMDP etc. He
also assured extending project completion time of Saubhagya till June, 2020 for
completion of the left over works.
The Union MoS observed that with the completion of upcoming
power projects like Pakal Dul, Kiru and Kwar, J&K would become power
sufficient. However, he stressed that the progress in these projects be
increased so that goal of self-sufficiency is achieved in a time bound manner.
The Lt. Governor also reiterated that timelines for completion of projects must
not be compromised in any case.
Expressing his concern over the cost escalation in various
projects like DDUGJY, IPDS and PMDP under implementation in J&K, the Union
MoS emphasized on the need of careful formulation of the DPRs and considers
best practices in other states while framing the DPRs.
The Lt Governor directed the department that apart from taking
up new works under various schemes, the department should also focus on
immediately taking-up the works for up-gradation and replacement of old and
obsolete infrastructure in line with the emerging requirements.
The Union MoS, during discussion on feeder segregation, directed
that agricultural pump-set system for all the farmers must be converted into
solar which inturn would not only help farmers to cut the power bills but would
also help them generate additional income when the setup feeds back the power
to the grid.
Emphasizing on the need to switch to latest technologies in
power sector, the Union MoS stated that, J&K has a unique advantage of
starting afresh and this opportunity must be availed to create a
state-of-the-art setup in the Union Territory. He advised establishing
dedicated IT wings with professionals well-versed with the knowledge of latest
technologies. He further said that Ministry of Power aims to switch to Smart
prepaid meters across the country and J&K must follow the suit by
installing smart prepaid meters only.
The Union MoS accepted to consider the demand of J&K for
enhancement of allocated power share from the Ministry of Power through cheaper
sources. J&K was accordingly asked to submit a comprehensive proposal for
the consideration of Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Later, the Union MoS and the Lt Governor e-inaugurated and
dedicated 10 projects of Power Development Department to the people of J&K,
viz. 50 MVA Grid Station Bandipora & 132 KV D/C Badampora-Bandipora
Transmission Line, Augmentation of Grid Station Sidhra (20 MVA to 70 MVA),
Installation of Smart Meters at Jammu and Srinagar, 33/11 KV 10 MVA Receiving
Stations, Lahori Chak, Kalayanpur, Chak Bhalwal, Pinglina under PMDP and 33/11
KV 10 MVA Receiving Stations Sher Colony, Sidiq Colony and Jetty under RAPDRP.
They also handed over the appointment letters to 13 Trainee
Assistant Engineers who have been appointed by Power Grid Corporation of India
Limited (PGCIL) through a special recruitment drive for J&K.