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Launch sustained drive against power pilferage: Div Com to DCs

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Srinagar, Nov 28: In order to check illegal and excessive use of electricity load by consumers, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) including Leh and Kargil to constitute Special inspection squads of SDM, Police, Ladies Police, Executive Engineers of PDD and revenue officers which will carry out rigorous inspections especially during evening and night hours in both meteredand non-metered areas to check hooking, illegal and excessive loads by consumers.

He also directed that the sale of heaters, boilers and other crude heating devices should be banned across all the markets of Kashmir Division. Strict action should be taken against the violators as per law and officials have been asked to send daily based report to the Divisional Commissioners office.

The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the electricity scenario across the Kashmir Division.

 

The meeting was informed that PDD (EM&RE) wing caters around 9.65 lakh consumers of various categories. Out of them 42% are metered consumers and rest are unmetered. Present unrestricted peak demand of electricity is 2200 MW in which PDD fulfills 1300 MW against a registered load of 750 MW. It was further revealed that unrestricted peak demand forecast in peak winters is 2350 MW. Owing to transmission level constraints, the department cannot supply more than 1300 MW. The department is thereby constrained to enforce the curtailment so as to avoid unscheduled grid cuts and safeguard the key assets of the department. PDD had already issued area wise electricity curtailment schedule in the print media for winter months.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Chief Engineer PDD to adhere the power cut schedule in letter and spirit so that people do not face any kind of problem during winter days. All concerned AEE have been directed to share information with the concerned DCs regarding the unscheduled electricity cuts so that DCs will inform the consumers in advance. Besides, Superintending Engineers will conduct regular inspection in all grid stations across the valley.

For buffer stock, he also directed all DCs to purchase five transformers in their respective districts so that habitants do not face any inconvenience during cold days.

The Divisional Commissioner also reviewed the progress of RAPDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY, PMDP power schemes across the Kashmir division.
It was informed that an amount of Rs 146.12 crores has approved as grant from PSDF for renovation and up-gradation of existing protection system in various grid stations. Under this scheme, 21 Grid Stations are being renovated, besides each grid Station shall be provided with DG sets, Diagnostic tools and Fire Fighting & Fire Protection system.

The Divisional Commissioner stressed to expedite the works on prestigious power schemes on priority basis so that power scenario across the valley will be improved for the convenience of the consumers.

On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner stressed upon the line officers to work with zeal and synergy with concerned Deputy Commissioners, so that the bottlenecks, if any, in the centrally sponsored power schemes are removed and also speed up the work without any further delay. He further stressed them that all pending issues should be immediately sorted out within the time frame and the centrally sponsored schemes for power sector will completed in a stipulated time.

Div Com directed the officers to expedite the work on the grid stations coming up at Alasteng and Delina, which will go a long way in strengthening the power transmission situation in Kashmir.

Chief Engineers of PDD of Systems and Operations and Generation wing, Principal Private Secretary with Div Com, all Superintending Engineers of the valley, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.


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War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.

Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”

Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.

 

“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.

The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.

Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”

Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.

Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.

Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

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