|Union MoS, Lt Governor discuss modalities for strengthening power sector in J&K|
|24x7 Power Supply, Smart Metering in J&K in next 2 years|
|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Feb 26: Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, R K Singh and Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today chaired a high level meeting at the Civil Secretariat to review the Power and Renewable Energy Scenario in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the modalities for strengthening the power sector in J&K.
Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma; Union Secretary, Power, Sanjiv Nandan Sahai; Union Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Anand Kumar; Chief Secretary J&K, BVR Subrahmanyam; Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Dr. A.K. Mehta; Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, Bipul Pathak; Principal Secretary to Government, H&UDD, Dheeraj Gupta; Secretary to the Government, Power Development, M. Raju; CMDs; Managing Directors; CEOs; Directors of various corporations of J&K & CPSUs and other senior officers from Ministry of Power and JKPDD attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the Union MoS highlighted that the mission of the Union Government is to provide 24x7 power to all the districts of UT of J&K within the next two years. He said that sufficient power is available in the country but J&K needs to address the issues by putting in place sufficient Transmission and Distribution system. He further directed the concerned officers to prepare a project for capacity addition which could ensure 24x7 power to all the consumers of J&K and submit it to the Government of India.
The Union MoS directed all the Union Government officials and members of CPSUs that the sole aim of their actions should be the welfare of UT of J&K.
The Lt. Governor also reiterated that timelines for completion of projects must not be compromised in any case.
The Lt Governor directed the department that apart from taking up new works under various schemes, the department should also focus on immediately taking-up the works for up-gradation and replacement of old and obsolete infrastructure in line with the emerging requirements.
Later, the Union MoS and the Lt Governor e-inaugurated and dedicated 10 projects of Power Development Department to the people of J&K, viz. 50 MVA Grid Station Bandipora & 132 KV D/C Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line, Augmentation of Grid Station Sidhra (20 MVA to 70 MVA), Installation of Smart Meters at Jammu and Srinagar, 33/11 KV 10 MVA Receiving Stations, Lahori Chak, Kalayanpur, Chak Bhalwal, Pinglina under PMDP and 33/11 KV 10 MVA Receiving Stations Sher Colony, Sidiq Colony and Jetty under RAPDRP.