(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
Past Practices Of Delays Eliminated, Projects Being Completed In Record Times, Says LG
Srinagar: Claiming that his administration has eliminated the past practices of delays and have accelerated the pace of execution of power projects, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that long overdue upgradation of power infrastructure and languishing projects are being completed in record times in the Union Territory.
“A strong power sector means Ease of Living, Industrialization, Employment Generation. We are strengthening J & K's power infrastructure which remained dilapidated for the last several decades,” Sinha said.
He made these remarks after jointly e-inaugurating 6 transmission and distribution projects worth Rs 118 crore with Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh at Raj Bhavan here on Friday, an official spokesperson said.
The LG, he said, outlined the efforts made by the government to meet the power supply-demand of the people. He said that the LG further outlined how the UT had attained remarkable progress not just in adding over 150% transformation capacity but also succeeding in increasing revenues by over 23%.
“The UT Government was already working on detailed plans to add infrastructure, address obsolescence and cut down losses,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.
“We have eliminated the past practices of delays and have accelerated the pace of execution of power projects. Now long overdue upgradation of power infrastructure and languishing projects are being completed in record times,” he added.
According to the official spokesperson, the UT presented an investment plan of Rs. 12000 Cr by 2025 in transmission and distribution sectors in order to strengthen infrastructure as well prepare a future-ready power infrastructure that would not just provide power on demand to all citizens but would also cater to the industrial demand in line with the proposed investment of Rs 28,400 crores under J & K's new Industrial Policy.
In the transmission sector, he said, J & K suggested evacuation of Renewable Power, both Solar & Wind from Ladakh, through J & K and presented a detailed proposal.
“It was agreed that the comprehensive Rs 4971 crore investment plan prepared by the UT with the support of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) would be executed immediately. JKPDD would explore the option of a Joint Venture Company between the J & K TRANSCO and any reputed CPSU like PGCIL to execute the projects,” he added.
Earlier, the Union Minister, as per the official spokesperson assured that the government of India is committed to providing all possible support to J & K across generation, transmission and distribution sectors in order to make J & K power surplus, remove all supply constraints and provide 24X7 quality power to all citizens of J & K.
On the distribution side, he said, the Minister of Power reiterated his commitment of full support to the UT under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme and asked J & K would prepare a comprehensive plan by including the latent power increase predicted on account of the Industrialization of J & K and by conducting area wise system studies including a comprehensive gap analysis and a future proof roadmap.
“It was agreed that as a first step, J & K DISCOMS would introduce a new arrangement in the current year to maximum power to all feeders with the least losses and where electricity meter coverage is progressively saturated. RECPDCL was also asked to accelerate the pace of installation of meters so as to complete the installation of 2 lakh meters by March 2022,” he said.
Earlier, the official spokesperson said that the Union Minister took a detailed review of the Power Scenario of J & K including the status of implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS). He said that the Principal Secretary PDD, Rohit Kansal made a presentation in which he presented a brief overview of power demand, availability, consumer mix and energy consumption.
Referring to the IT sector and e-governance initiatives, Kansal, as per the official spokesperson informed the Chair that in order to ensure data authenticity and integrity, the Department has initiated the process of monitoring energy flow, consumption, revenue realization and other critical information related to the feeders to monitor AT & C losses, feeder-wise outages and reliability indices on real-time basis through an in-house developed e-portal.
“The department has achieved 100 percent feeder metering and a total of 647 Urban Feeders of JKPDD have been on-boarded on the National Power Portal (NPP) and the process of on-boarding of remaining feeders is in process. Similarly, for improving the life cycle of DTs, an innovative step of assigning Unique Identification Number (UIN) to all the DTs, punching of UIN on the DTs and maintenance of the computerized database of DTs containing complete technical details/repair history is already underway,” he said.
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