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Rs 2208 cr provided for upgrading power infra in Kashmir: Dy CM

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JAMMU, Jan 9: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh Tuesday said the government has provided Rs 2208.73 crore for upgrading power infrastructure in Kashmir.
“The funds have been provided for infrastructure up-gradation, strengthening and improvement of works under various centrally sponsored schemes including RAPDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY PMDP (Urban) and PMDP (Rural),” Dr Singh told the house while replying to a written question by Hakim Mohammad Yasin.
He said once the envisaged works under these schemes are completed, the power scenario would witness perceptible improvement in both urban as well as rural areas of Kashmir.
Dr Singh further informed that the existing transmission infrastructure needs to be upgraded to cater to the projected load demand of 3000 MVA at the end of 13th Five Year Plan.
“For this a Transmission Plan has been formulated for infrastructure development phasing over a period from 2016-17 to 2021-22. The capacity additions at different levels are proposed to be raised from 220/132 KV to 480 MVA, 220/33 KV to 1325 MVA and 132/33 KV to 860 MVA,” he added. He said the transmission plan is estimated to cost Rs 1850.07 crore and has been sent to Central Electricity Authority (CEA), New Delhi for vetting.
Out of this, an amount of Rs 414.00 crore has been sanctioned under PMDP and covers up-grading of power infrastructure in Srinagar district and its adjoining areas included industrial estates of Lassipora, the Dy CM added.
He further informed that construction of three GIS Grid Sub Stations Khanyar, Tailbal, Batapora, Tengpora in Srinagar and 220/33 KV GIS Grid Sub Station at Lassipora Industrial Estate has been included in Transmission Plan. He said the department has completed augmentation of Kulgam grid station from 40 to 70 MVA and Rawalpora Grid Station from 110 to 140 MVA and LJHP from 20 to 40 MVA during the current financial year.
Deputy Chief Minister also informed that an additional source of power of 630 MVA will become available with likely commissioning of 400kV D/C Jallandar-Samba-Kunzar transmission line and 630 MVA, 400/220kV Grid Station by M/s Sterlite at Kunzar Magam by the end of January 2018. He further informed the House that 220/132 kV, 320 MVA Grid Sub Station at Alusteng is scheduled to be commissioned by end of 2018.
Dr Singh said that increase in power demand due to running of agriculture pump sets and excessive use of electronic gadgets force power curtailment in Jammu province during summer. He said the demand exceeds the installed capacity of the transformers at different levels and department is forced to go for scheduled and unscheduled curtailments at receiving station/grid station levels. He said that the capacity of the existing infrastructure at all voltage levels is being increased by way of creation/augmentation under various centrally sponsored schemes like IPDS, PMDP-Urban and R-APDRP Part-B. He said the sanctioned cost of the schemes is Rs.775.710 crore.
Deputy Chief Minister informed the House that power generation falls during winter in Ladakh region, but power supply is ensured on curtailment basis through DG sets.
Dr Singh further informed the House that in Kashmir valley department has been supplying 1200 MW power during peak hours, whereas it is duty bound to provide only 700 MW power as per total consumer load-agreements. He said that this year, since the onset of winters, the department has encountered around 1900 MW of unrestricted load during peak hours though the department is duty bound to provide 700 MW power supply as per load agreements. He said that the department continues to supply around 1200 MW after enforcing curtailment schedule.
He said that in respect of Jammu Division total unrestricted demand is 1350 MWs. He said that on an average, peak load of the order of 1050-1100 MWs is being supplied while as the gap of 250 MWs is being met by implementation of curtailment programme except in industrial areas where the power is being supplied for 24 hours. He further said that in the city areas the damaged distribution transformers are replaced on same day or within 24 hours. He said in rural areas the transformers are being replaced within 2 to 3 days and in case of distribution transformers of far-flung areas and more time may be taken due to manual carriage.
Dr Singh further informed the House that as per Census 2011, the total number of un-electrified villages in Jammu and Kashmir were 102 including 26 in Kashmir region, 58 in Jammu region and 18 in Ladakh region. He said these are being covered for electrification under DDUGJY and RGGVY-II schemes, respectively.
Deputy Chief Minister said that in view of the delay in the award of the contracts for the DDUGJY scheme, and to meet the timeline set by Government of India, the department has taken up electrification of 84 un-electrified villages departmentally, while 18 other villages have been taken up by PGCIL.


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Upcoming elections provides an opportunity to clean country, state of communal yolk: Farooq

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Srinagar, Mar 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday asserted party’s resolve to fight against machinations aimed at obliterating the special identity and integrity of the state saying with active support of people National Conference will never allow such intrigues to get materialized.

Addressing working committee meeting of Srinagar district here at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, party president said, “ Forces as inimical to the special constitutional status of our state willtry their level best to go to any extent to weaken the voice of Kashmiris. The forthcoming election is of great importance to us, it provides us with an opportunity to show how passionately we care for our identity and unique status.”

He further added, “The communal forces of the country have a singular agenda in mind, which is to fully merge the state with the union of India. However it is up to people now to not allow them succeed in their designs. The communal forces will try to use government machinery; money and muscle to influence the elections. Their Trojan horses and cronies in the state especially in Kashmir will leave no stone unturned to divide the voice of people. However I am sure that people have made it a point not to fall prey to their evil designs. The forthcoming elections provide us an opportunity to clean the country and the state of the communal yolk.”

 

Party vice president Omar Abdullah while addressing the meet asked the youth National conference functionaries to gear up and put in their efforts to make party stronger at grass roots.
“It is the youth that has to shoulder the responsibility of guarding the unique status of the state. The ensuing general elections are of supreme importance because it will decide the recourse of the state and country at large for next half a decade. So it is rather imperative for us to have a voice that could raise our issues in the parliament, for that we have to strengthen the efforts of Dr. Sahab,” he said.

Party general secretary while addressing the gathering said that the situation is no different from 1977 elections. “Today we have National Conference versus all those forces as are hell bent to destroy our special character. The need of the hour demands us to forge unity and trounce the machinations of all those forces as are contriving to destroy our special status and unique identity,”
“Sher-e-Kashmir used to say that Srinagar s a fortress of national conference. We have to ensure and put in all our efforts to hoist the flag of national conference in the ensuing Lokh Sabha and legislative assembly elections,” he said.

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Constitute SIT to investigate ‘custodial killing’ of youth: JKHCBA

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Srinagar, March 19: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Srinagar, strongly condemned the ‘custodial killing’ of Rizwan Ahmad Pandit of Awantipora.

JKHCBA said Rizwan Ahmad, who was a teacher by profession was arrested by the police some six months back without any rhyme or reason and got detained under J&K Public Safety Act and lodged in District Jail Kathua.

“His detention order was however quashed by the High Court, but he was not released. Instead he was booked in a frivolous case by police Awantipora, in which case also, he got bail from a Pulwama court, but despite that he was kept in P/S Awantipora unlawfully, for about twenty days.

 

It was after 20 days’ unlawful detention, that he was released, only to be re-arrested by the police again some three days back and while in custody, he was tortured and killed,” the statement said.

The Bar Association demanded that the custodial killing of Rizwan Ahmad Pandit, an innocent teacher, should be investigated by a Special Investigation Team, which should report the result of the investigation on daily basis to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, so that those, who are responsible for the killing of an innocent person, do not go unpunished.

It also urged International Community to take notice of the custodial killing of Rizwan Ahmad Pandit and raise their voice against the massive human rights violations, which are taking place in the State of J&K at the hands of Indian forces, to suppress the demand of the people for their right of self-determination.

In order to record its protest and show solidarity with the members of the bereaved family, the Bar Association has decided to support the strike call given by the pro-freedom leadership for tomorrow.

Custodial death: ANC to knock doors of SC

Srinagar, Mar 19 : Awami National Conference (ANC) on Tuesday said that it has decided to knock the doors of Supreme Court over the custodial death of a youth from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.

ANC Senior Vice President, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah told KNS that the party will move to SC and will file a petition regarding the death of a youth in custody today. “We will not shed tears but will take prompt steps by moving straightly to the SC with taking the bereaved family on board.”

He said there are judgments where persons involved in the custodial killings have awarded death sentence and “we will also seek a stern action against those involved in the death of the youth.”

He said the decision to move to the SC has been taken as there are several such cases where the families are awaiting justice in the Valley. (KNS)

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Sajad terms Sheikh-Indira accord of 1975 as ‘most notorious’

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Srinagar, Mar 19: Peoples’ Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said that Omar Abdullah and his family are ambassadors of Delhi in Kashmir and represent their interests rather than the interests of the people of J&K.

Sajad emphasized that while the representation of Delhi in Jammu and Kashmir was never a problem for the Abdullahs, the same cannot be said when it comes to representing Kashmir and its issues in Delhi.

“They have always been the ambassadors of Delhi in Kashmir but were never the ambassadors of Kashmir in Delhi.”

 

Revisiting the Sheikh-Indira accord of 1975, Sajad termed it as “most notorious” act in the erosion of state’s special status.
“The 1975 accord was the most notorious in the history of Kashmir wherein the Abdullah family conveniently traded the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in lieu of power. The infamous tradeoff between power and erosions, when Sheikh Abdullah was demoted from the position of Prime Minister to that of Chief Minister, without even contesting the elections was the most questionable act performed by any political party in the history of the the state. The very act of him taking the position of a Chief Minister was the first and biggest ratification of the special status and proves how the Abdullah family has been the ambassador of Delhi in the state from the very inception,” he said.

Reiterating how NC & Congress governments in the past have eroded the special status of Jammu and Kashmir to a point that it barely remains.“All alliances of NC with Congress further ratified and endorsed the erosions of J&K’s special status that was co-scripted by the two parties,” he added.

Strongly opposing dynasty politics, Sajad further said that National Conference is a classic example of how power when passed on as inheritance, is misused to the benefit of a dynasty rather than the welfare of its people, who end up developing a trust deficit in the government.

“These immature, juvenile tantrums are iconic in how Omar Abdullah was given power as an inheritance as opposed to a privileged trust bestowed by the people. He is cranky because an alternative has emerged and emerged from the grassroots. His idea of democracy is a musical chairs game solely between him and Mehbooba Mufti – an either/or scenario which both parties are comfortable with. He should wake up and realize his family, sooner than later, will be held accountable for its mass loot, plunder and the killings it lorded over in Kashmir,” Lone concluded.

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