'J&K Registers Rs 3400 Cr Power Losses Annually’

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Jammu- Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that in the past many decades no serious effort was made to prevent power losses with the result the UT continues to face huge transmission and distribution (T&D) losses to the tune of Rs 3400 Crore a year.

He also announced that Jammu areas getting electricity from four feeders comprising 6603 houses having smart meters installed will get uninterrupted power supply. Addressing a function in Jammu, LG Sinha said that J&K’s power losses are huge. “Power theft and losses due to the T&K are very high. We buy power worth Rs 6000 Cr annually; get only Rs 2600 Cr revenue while our loss figure is Rs 3400 Crore,” LG Sinha said.

He said that all previous regimes failed to explore the power potential of J&K and to prevent power losses.

He said the administration led by him is committed to provide quality and uninterrupted power supply to the people who have meters installed in their homes. He said the government has taken a slew of measures in the past one-and-a half years to prevent huge power losses caused by power theft and T&D losses.

“In Kashmir, we are going to install smart meters to prevent power losses and power theft. We are aware and people are ready to install meters and to pay power bills,” Sinha added.

People Urged To Install Smart Meters

Accusing the successive regimes in Jammu and Kashmir of failing to make efforts to increase power and the transmission & distribution capacity during the last 70 years Lieutenant Governor urged people to install smart meters and help the administration in controlling theft and reducing wasteful consumption.

“For the last seven decades, no credible efforts were made to increase neither the power capacity nor the transmission & distribution capacity was strengthened,” Sinha said.

He made these remarks during an event at Convention Centre here on Monday, an official spokesperson said.

“The present government, for the last one and half year, is making sustained efforts to ensure reliable power supply to consumers, besides reducing transmission losses and improving distribution efficiency,” the LG said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG said that in a major step towards ensuring uninterrupted power supply, the areas being installed with Smart Meters will be made curtailment free along with supply of quality power to the end user.

“From today, 6603 smart meter households connected to 4 feeders of Jammu will receive quality electricity,” the LG said.

“I appeal to the people to install smart meters and help the administration in controlling theft and reducing wasteful consumption,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, Sinha said that this move will enable consumers to monitor their power consumption behavior and regulate it accordingly.

“The Pre-paid feature, to be enabled in the coming days, will provide desired flexibility in the consumption of electricity to the consumers,” the LG said, adding “Similar arrangements are being emulated in Kashmir as well,”

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