PDD To Install 45000 Poles To Improve Power Supply

Srinagar: In a major push towards power reforms, the Jammu and Kashmir power development department (PDD) is installing 45000 poles and conductor wire over 10 kms and other infrastructure in coming days in order to improve the electricity supply in Kashmir Valley.

These details were shared by Chief Engineer PDD with Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, during the latter’s visit to review the functioning of Central workshop Division and Electric Central Store Division Pampore, an official spokesperson said.

The LG’s Advisor, he said, also visited various places in Srinagar where branch pruning is in progress and directed the officers to complete the task within stipulated time as a proactive measure for winter preparedness and to avoid any transmission disturbance due to heavy winds and vagaries of weather.

“He directed the officer to have the first round of pruning completed by 15th of September and the second round by 10th of October. He said all the power corridors should be free from any interruptions on this behalf,” he said.

According to the official spokesperson, the PDD Chief Engineer informed the Advisor about the steps being taken for up-gradation in order to provide efficient power supply to the people.

“He said that 45000 poles, 10 kms of conductor wire besides other infrastructure will be laid in coming days in order to improve the power supply. He informed that some infrastructure equipment has already been procured while the rest is at the tendering stage. Advisor was also informed that insulated cables will also be laid in 45 towns,” he said.

Stressing on the need for stabilization and modernization of power supply in Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor Khan, as per the official spokesperson directed the officers to double their efforts in order to provide efficient power supply to the consumers.

The Advisor, he said, directed the officers to take all necessary measures to meet the energy demands of people and initiate the process of up-gradation and replacement of old and obsolete infrastructure to keep up with the requirements of the department.

“While inspecting the workshop at Pampore, he inquired about the technical specifications and reviewed the overall functioning of the workshop including staff strength, status of faults, power schedules, functioning of control rooms, complaint redress mechanism and repair of transforms,” the official spokesperson said.

“Advisor also laid stress on third party verification at different levels regarding the laying of poles and wiring and said that Deputy Commissioners should report about the achievements in their respective districts,” he added.

The official spokesperson said that LG’s Advisor is personally monitoring the power scenario and is very particular about ensuring better power supply in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Advisor said that government has augmented the infrastructure to ensure that the uninterrupted power supply could be provided to the consumers as far as possible. Advisor further said that all the projects should be completed within the stipulated time frame and wants everything to be rolled out on the ground,” he said.

Khan, he said, also directed the Power Department to streamline the power transmission and distribution system and passed on specific directions to minimize transmission and distribution losses.

“He also directed the officers to reduce the incidence of outages as far as possible and micro level planning should be done in this regard and said that by the onset of winter, the department should be in a comfortable position to provide efficient power supply,” the official spokesperson said.

“He directed that the power curtailment schedules, if at all to be enforced in a particular area, should be put in public domain beforehand so that people know about the power curtailments in advance and plan their activities accordingly,” he added.

As per the official spokesperson, Khan also enquired about the frequency of damaged transformers received in the division on daily basis and the position of Buffer Stock available.

The Advisor, he said, also had physical inspection of buffer stocks of poles, transformers, conductors and other material. He directed the officers to stick to the timeline for repairing of transformers.

“Advisor further directed to maintain sufficient buffer stock including Power transformers so that the same becomes ready for use in case of any urgent situation and stressed upon strengthening the Central workshop Division,” the official spokesperson said, adding that Khan also directed the MD KPDCL to set their targets and achieve desired results while reviewing the overall functioning on fortnightly basis, besides increasing the inspections.

Khan, he said, further directed them to speed up the trimming or cutting down of trees underneath power lines to avoid damages.

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