Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta on Tuesday directed the Power Development Department (PDD) to issue statements explaining the reasons of outages and the actions taken by the department and share the same with social media and the Information Department.
Mehta made these remarks while chairing a meeting of Power Development and Jal Shakti departments at Civil Secretariat here to review power and water scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said.
The Chief Secretary, he said, was briefed about the power scenario in the UT and the reasons for the short fall in power sector.
“It was informed in the meeting that to mitigate shortfall in Jammu and Kashmir the Centre has allocated additional power to Jammu and Kashmir to meet the demand,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the Chief Secretary directed the PDD to take immediate measures to provide adequate power supply during Iftaar' and sehri timings. He also directed them to reach out to the people and explain the reasons for the short fall in power supply.
Mehta, he said, also stated that people will understand if they are given factual position saying that consumers should be informed of the facts through print and electronic media.
“Chief Secretary directed the PDD officers to issue statements explaining the reasons of outages and the actions taken by the department and the same should be shared with social media and Information Department,” the spokesperson said.
Mehta, he said, also asked the Power Development Department (PDD) to expedite installation of meters in rural areas and directed that the meters, spared from areas where smart metering is completed, should be installed in rural areas without any delay.
“He directed the officers to submit an action taken report within a week on the installation of 16000 meters that have been spared due to installation of smart meters,” he said.
According to the spokesperson, Mehta also directed the PDD and Jal Shakti departments to work in a coordinated manner so that water supply does not get affected due to outages as Jal Shakti schemes are power dependent. He said that dedicated feeders to PHE should be maintained well so that essential services do not suffer. He directed the officers to maintain adequate water supply to the people and take prompt action on the issues faced by the public.
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