Srinagar: Putting a spotlight on improvement in the power supply position in Jammu & Kashmir and to provide uninterrupted and reliable electricity supply to all, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday directed the Power Development Department (PDD) to introduce strict and innovative measures in order to meet various challenges in fulfilling energy needs of the people.
Chairing a high-level meeting to review the power scenario in J&K, Sinha enquired about the way forward and future deliverables planned by the Power department, an official spokesperson said. The LG, he said, directed the PDD to adopt an action-oriented approach to streamline the power transmission and distribution system, besides putting in place a quality control system and setting long term strategy for providing quality power with a good mix of different sources of power to the consumers.
According to the official spokesperson, the LG also reviewed various components of the power sector and passed specific directions on minimizing AT&C losses. He also directed the officials to take pre-emptive measures for reducing the AT&C losses to bare minimum.
“Stressing on effective patrolling of feeders, the LG directed for taking strict action against officials responsible for the feeder losses. He said that the LG also directed for fixing criteria of 50 % weight-age in Annual Performance Reports of the officers with respect to the feeder losses
He further said that the LG emphasized on putting dedicated focus on real-time monitoring of power consumption, increasing revenue realization, improving billing efficiency, reduction of Power cuts, and addressing the issue of low voltage.
“Deploy competent manpower and establish a comprehensive plan for cities and towns with high power consumption. Take remedial measures for ensuring utilization of power infrastructure to their full capacity,” Sinha said, as per the official spokesperson.
He said that the LG emphasized on strengthening the power connectivity in the far-flung areas and called for reaching out to even the extremely remote and inaccessible areas with electricity. He also instructed the department to prepare a comprehensive plan for effective power connectivity in the vicinity of Shri Amarnathji shrine.
He further said that while suggesting the department to explore all the modalities and taking innovative steps for improving the efficiency of field functionaries, the LG called for incentivizing the field staff for their better performance.
“This will not only enhance the quality of work on ground, but will also help in improving the revenue generation,” the LG said, as per the official spokesperson.
He said that the LG also laid special emphasis on making advance arrangements in the wake of any future vagaries and asked the department to get ready in advance for the winters and start their preparations from 20th July.
“For making the system more transparent and efficient, monitoring shall be done at all levels. Principal Secretary, PDD shall hold the meetings of XENs individually,” Sinha said, as per the official spokesperson.
The LG, he said, also instructed the PDD to rope in professional experts for power purchases. He asked the officials to mention the subsidy provided by the Government on electricity bills for the information of consumers.
“As a follow-up to the directions passed in previous meetings regarding Unique Identification numbers for Transformers, the Lt Governor asked the officials for preparing History Cards of transformers with all technical details like damages, repairs, replacement, etc to ensure effective utilization of inventory and stores,” he said.
During the meeting, the official spokesperson said that the LG also enquired about the Power purchases, energy availability, distribution plan, upcoming projects, overall working of the Power Development Department, besides various schemes and programmes being implemented by the department for further improvement and augmentation of power scenario in the UT.
“The chair was also briefed about several key issues pertaining to languishing projects, transmission capacity, providing uninterrupted power supply, transmission and distribution,” he said.
“The Lt Governor asked the department to focus on up-gradation and replacement of old and obsolete infrastructure to keep up with the emerging requirements,” he added.
According to the official spokesperson, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department briefed the chair about the overall power scenario and power potential in J&K.
“He informed that the establishment of 6 MW Solar Power Plant at Pampore is in the offing, besides the department is also planning to revive the 10.5 MW Heritage Power project –MOHRA at Baramulla,” he added.
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