Central government flagship programme, R-APDRP, has been left halfway in north Kashmir by the power development department.
The Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program is aimed to reduce the aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses and strengthen and upgrade the distribution system.
According to sources, five major towns in this north Kashmir district comprising over 30,000 souls were selected under the flagship program. The towns are Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Handwara and Kupwara.
According to sources the IT work relating to the program was completed by Wipro which had bagged the project. "However, the second part of the program dealing with the augmentation and strengthening of the system was to be completed by the PDD department," sources said. "Despite passing of several years, there has been no headway on the second part," sources said.
"The implementation of the scheme could have strengthened the power sector in north Kashmir, but for the lazy approach of the PDD," an official wishing not to be named said. "The program envisaged replacement of low transmission (LT) system by high voltage distribution system (HVDS) which would help reduce the pilferage," he said.
When contacted Chief Engineer PDD, Bashir Ahmad Khan, said that only one firm had qualified for the R-APDRP (second part), which caused delay in the work.
"In response to our tender notice, only one firm qualified, despite repeated extensions. We have taken up the issue with the state government and once approval is granted, we will be on job," he said.