Govt reviews strengthening of power distribution infrastructure

To review the progress of the ongoing centrally sponsored schemes of power sector in the State, a meeting of officers was held under the chairmanship of Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar here today.

The meeting was attended by Development Commissioner (Power), Secretary Technical PDD, Chief Engineers of EMRE Wing, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Chief Engineers S&O Wing Kashmir and Jammu, Chief Engineers Project Wing Kashmir and Jammu, Nodal Officer 24×7 PFA JKPDD and other senior officers of the department.

Hirdesh Kumar congratulated the officers of the department for their extraordinary contribution in accomplishing the herculean task of 100% household electrification in the State under Saubhagya scheme in such a short timeframe which enabled the State to bag the ‘Saubhagya Award’.

He further said, “Since we are visioning 24×7 power for all, system strengthening works shall be expedited at a rapid pace in line with the roadmap furnished for the same.”

The Commissioner Secretary took an extensive review of all the power sector schemes launched by the Union Government and held threadbare discussions to address the issues hampering their progress.

Expressing his concern over the slow progress of distribution strengthening works in urban areas due to land acquisition problems, he took note of the respective locations and said that the same shall be addressed separately while he directed the officers to accelerate the progress in the remaining areas where land has already been acquired.

In addition, individual targets were given to the officers of the Department by devising PERT Charts so that the said schemes are completed well in time.

He also reviewed the revenue progress and directed the officers to put in all-out efforts towards maximum revenue realization. He further stressed upon the concerned to accomplish their revenue targets in full and immediately disconnect power supply of the defaulters/ non-payers of electricity bills.