Record Capacity Addition In Transmission This Year: Govt

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir will witness the highest ever capacity addition in the transmission sector this year. A total of 1690 MVA capacity at 220 KV level and 1280 MVA at 132 level is targeted to be added this year which will be a record in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, government said on Thursday.

A meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD), Rohit Kansal was held to review the status of progress made on ongoing projects of the Transmission sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was informed that Rs. 400 crores were being invested in the sector under the UT Capex this year which would result in major additions including replacement of 400 MVA derated transformer bank at Gladni in Jammu, addition of 160 MVA capacity at Bishnah grid station, addition of 160 MVA at 220/132 level at Delina in Kashmir. In addition, of the 30 projects in the transmission sector which were taken up under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) at a cost of Rs. 834.85 crores, 11 had been completed while 17 were slated to be completed this year. The meeting also discussed and reviewed the progress of other projects under Capex, PIA, PGCIL, PSDF, languishing projects, IRCON and NHAI.

The Principal Secretary noted that Projects lying dormant or languishing from last several years had been revived in a speedy manner. The 132 KV Hiranagar- Battal Manwal Transmission Line Project which had been held up for nearly a decade was revived and commissioned. The 132 KV D/C transmission line from Draba to Chandak for improving power reliability in Poonch and Rajouri had been pending for nearly 7 years. That too has been completed and lead to a big relief and improvement in power supply to residents of Poonch. The long pending OPG project too has been revived and accelerated.

Among others, the meeting was attended by MD KPDCL, Director Finance PDD, CE, JKPTCL, Secretary Technical, CE, KPDCL while as MD JPDCL, MD JKPTCL, DG Planning PDD, CE JKPTCL and CE JPDCL attended the meeting through videoconferencing.

While complimenting the department and JKPTCL for its efforts in finishing the largest ever number of projects and ensuring the largest ever capacity addition, both at 220 KV and 132 KV levels, the Principal Secretary exhorted the officials to finish all remaining projects under PMRP, PMDP and PSDF positively in the current year. He particularly pointed out that RoW, land acquisition or forest clearance matters must not be allowed to impede the progress of projects. He instructed the field officers to prepare a detailed tower wise and district wise report regarding pending issues including, ROW, compensation, land acquisition and other bottlenecks and resolve the same with the concerned authorities. He directed the field officers to maintain close liaison with the revenue and forest authorities for this purpose. He stressed that all these projects are of prime public importance and their completion and usage shall enhance the power transmission capacity eventually benefitting the public.

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