Rs 1,700 cr worth power projects approved

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Srinagar: The Distribution Reforms Committee of Jammu and Kashmir government today approved projects worth Rs 1,700 crore to strengthen power distribution infrastructure in the state.

“The DRC headed by Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey approved DPRs of Rs 450 crore under the Integrated Power Distribution Scheme (IPDS) for 86 Towns and DPRs of Rs 1249.68 crore under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) for rural areas of the state,” an official spokesperson said.

He said these projects would strengthen power distribution infrastructure in both towns and villages of the state and enable the government to provide better power supply to the consumers.

The DPRs have been prepared by the state Power Development Department after detailed field survey and identifying critical infrastructural gaps in the distribution network, the spokesperson said.

He said the projects envisage strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution networks to improve reliability and quality of power supply, metering of distribution transformers and feeders, and consumers in both towns and villages to improve accounting and auditing of energy at all levels in the distribution system besides improving rural electrification.

Will focus on hydro-power: Mufti

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today reviewed the pace of work on Rs 640.40 crore Parnai Hydro-Electric Project (HEP), saying his government would focus on harnessing the full potential of the state in hydropower generation. 

“My government will focus on harnessing the full potential of the state in hydropower generation as well as efficiently using its water reserves to irrigate huge tracts of agriculturally-fertile land,” Sayeed said chairing a high level meeting here. 

He said the people are the principal beneficiaries, who expect that all developmental projects taken up by the government are completed within the stipulated timelines. 

Directing the completion of the project within the stipulated timeframe, the Chief Minister said the Parnai HEP has been conceived as a multi-purpose project, keeping in mind its potential to augment both the power and irrigation-related needs of Poonch district in Jammu region. 

The chief minister was informed that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, is holding weekly meetings to resolve the land acquisition issues involved in the project. 

A chief engineer has been posted exclusively for the project to coordinate various aspects for its completion without any impediments, an official spokesman said. 

He said Patel Engineering Limited, the project-executing company, has been asked to accelerate the construction work by deploying required machines and manpower at all the sites. 

The work on the Parnai Project, which is a Run-of-the-River (RoR) scheme with installed capacity of 37.5 MW, began in April last year and was also expected to irrigate vast tracts of agricultural land after its completion in 2018.

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