Power Supply To 41781 Defaulters Cut, Revenue Up By 23%

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir power development department (PDD) has witnessed over 23 percent increase in revenue generation as Rs 1176 crore revenue has been realised this year so far compared to Rs 954 crore last year, a senior official said Wednesday.

Principal Secretary, PDD, J&K, Rohit Kansal revealed these details during a meeting chaired by the Union Secretary Power, Alok Kumar to review the progress of various power sector related works and issues in the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.

At the outset, Kansal, he said gave a detailed presentation on the progress of the power sector in distribution, transmission and Hydro projects across J&K. Kumar, he said, was also briefed about the energy demand and consumption in the Union Territory.

According to the official spokesperson, the meeting was also informed that in order to liquidate Power Purchase liabilities, JK has availed soft loans to the tune of Rs 11029.47 Cr offer from Government of India to clear liabilities of power purchase to GENCOS and TRANSCOS.

Besides, he said, Kansal also informed the Secretary that various compliances have been made which include revised tariff, pre-paid metering, power purchase optimization as well as power supply to 41781 defaulters was disconnected in addition to recovery of Rs 4106.63 lakh arrears and extensive inspection drives.

“The meeting was told that the revenue realization has increased by 23.16 percent wherein Rs 954 crore was realized last year and 1176 crore realized ending September this year,” he said.

“Kansal said that the J&K PDD’s main focus is to increase revenue, reduce losses and incentivize the employees of the Power Department for which a pilot incentive scheme Revenue Enhancement Scheme (RES) has been proposed,” he added.

With respect to e-governance/IT initiatives, the official spokesperson said that the Union Secretary Power was told about the Digitization Database of Distribution Transformers, achievement of 100 percent feeder metering, feeder data monitoring through state of the art system, 647 urban feeder of JKPDD on-boarding on the National Power Portal and consumer care center for complaints and grievances.

He said that Kumar complimented the PDD for successfully integrating IT assets of PDD AND said that J&K has done great work with respect to IT solutions in the power sector. He further said that the Union Secretary also enquired about the functioning of the IT wing of the department, manpower and availability of equipments.

On digital payments, the official spokesperson said that he was informed that the digital payments have jumped manifold and J&K is ranked 3rd across India with a 278 percent increase in digital payments.

“On the power generation front, the meeting was informed that 1400 MW is nearing completion with Pakal Dul (100MW), Ratle (850 MW) and Kiru (624 MW) are under construction while historic MOUs were also signed this year,” he said.

The official spokesperson further said that Kumar was informed that 9 MW solar power plant is being established at Pampore while Kishenganga Dam small hydel project to light up Gurez and 12MW small hydro power project at Karnah is under construction. Besides he said, 100 year old heritage Mohra project, built in 1902 is being revived.

“While discussing the transmission sector of PDD, it was informed that the J&K has witnessed a 150 percent leap in the last two years. During the last 70 years from 1947 to 2019, J&K had 8394 MVA transmission capacity and from April 2019 to March 31, 2022, more 3806 MVA will be added,” he said.

“The meeting was also told that the projects lying dormant or languishing for the last several years have been revived at a speedy manner with a total of 82 projects in different areas to be revived in the UT,” he added.

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