SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary of, Power Development Department (PDD), H Rajesh Prasad, Monday reviewed the power supply situation in Jammu and Kashmir, with a particular focus on the Kashmir valley as temperatures continue to drop. He met the Managing Directors of Corporations, all Chief Engineers, and senior officers of the department.
During the review meeting, it was informed that a curtailment schedule has been prepared based on the power availability in the region, a statement issued to press reads.
Accordingly, Principal Secretary directed the engineers to strictly follow the schedule, emphasizing that no unscheduled power cuts shall be tolerated. He also stressed that under no circumstances should J K engage in overdrawal of power, which is important not only to stay within the budget but also to uphold grid discipline and prevent unwarranted disruptions in power supply.
It was further highlighted that sufficient infrastructure has been created in recent years to improve the quality of power supply in the region. “JK has availed loans under various Government of India schemes such as Atmanirbhar Bharat and LPS Rules, whereby all outstanding dues of power generators accumulated over the years have been cleared. However, under the schemes the J&K has committed to the GoI that the losses shall be reduced to minimum to ensure the viability of the sector,” it adds.
In line with the commitment to reduce the losses, Principal Secretary issued explicit instructions to the engineers to put an all out effort to eradicate the menace of power pilferage by adopting stringent enforcement measures. He asked to maintain regular power supply in areas where people are regularly paying for their consumption, whereas in high loss areas, measures like metering and AB cabling be taken on priority.
Principal Secretary noted with deep concern that despite dispatching more energy to the valley compared to previous year, there has not been much improvement in the revenue realization. As such, he directed the concerned officers to ensure that the bills are timely generated and distributed to the consumers. He also directed that the power outages be attended promptly and faults be cleared with minimum downtime particularly the damaged Distribution Transformers (DT) be replaced in shortest possible time to avoid any inconvenience to people.
Principal Secretary reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment towards stability and growth of the power sector in Jammu and Kashmir.