Hirdesh Kumar reviews summer preparedness of PDD

Commissioner Secretary PDD Hirdesh Kumar held a meeting of senior engineers of the department in Jammu to review summer preparedness for providing quality power supply to consumers.

This meeting was convened as a follow up of the meeting chaired by the Governor on April 30 at Raj Bhawan Jammu, to review the progress of implementation of decision taken and directions issued in the meeting.

During the meeting, the Commissioner/Secretary reiterated that during this summer there shall be 24×7 power supply to urban areas of Jammu City, Udhampur, Reasi and Ramban Town while daily power cut shall not exceed one hour in urban areas of districts Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Kishtwar.

Kumar emphasised that in rural/unmetered areas of Jammu, the daily curtailment shall be reduced from 08 hours to 07 hours in a day and shall be minimised specifically from 6 pm to 11 pm when the power is required most by households.

He further directed that overload protection device shall be installed on all the distribution transformers by the end of September 2019, without fail, to check overloading of transformers so that their damage rate can be reduced.

He was briefed about the progress in procurement of buffer stock of transformers at divisional level and installation of firefighting equipment to avert any eventuality due to fire.

Kumar also directed to check the power theft by high-end consumers like furnaces and steel mills.

Kumar took a serious note of poor revenue realization during April, 2019 and warned strict action against the delinquent officers/officials. He also made it clear to the senior functionaries of the department that the revenue realization shall be monitored on monthly basis now onwards.

Chief Engineer EM&RE, Jammu apprised the meeting that the provincial level 24X7 Control Room with toll free number 18001807666 and 0191-2490986 are in place for addressing complaints of public during summer. Similar control rooms have also been established at district level and their helpline numbers are widely publicized.