CM for comprehensive roadmap to augment, restructure power sector

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Flagging energy as a key sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today called for a comprehensive roadmap for augmenting the State’s power scenario by strengthening the generation and distribution network.
Speaking at a meeting convened this morning to take first hand appraisal of the power and water supply position in Jammu region, in view of the sweltering heat wave conditions prevailing here, the Chief Minister asked the Power Development Department (PDD) to avoid unscheduled power cuts especially during the peak hours so that people are not put to any inconvenience. She said the consumers should be informed in advance about the power curtailment schedule, if any to be implemented, during any exigencies.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr Sham Choudhary was also present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister also stressed on better synergy between PDD and PHE Department to avoid system breakdown which often leads to disruption of water supply in and around the city. She asked PDD to install additional capacitors and transformers where-ever required to avoid system breakdown. She called for removal of the illegal power connections, if any, from the dedicated PHE feeders which is one of the major causes for system breakdown due to overload. She also sought cooperation of the people in this regard.
The Chief Minister called for expediting works under R-APDRP (Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme) to augment the power supply position in the State.
The Chief Minister asked the executing agency IRCON to carry out works in double-shift to ensure completion of the project ahead of the schedule time-frame of March 2017. “RAPDRP has already missed the deadline and the thrust should be on completing the project ahead of the fresh deadline of March 2017,” she maintained.
Ms Mehbooba said implementation of RAPDRP will go a long way in improving the power supply position in the State, where the consumers are put to immense inconvenience because of distress cuts and low voltage. “While the people are facing lot of inconvenience due to power outages during sweltering summer heat in Jammu region, those in Kashmir are facing similar hardships during harsh winters,” she said and added that implementation of RAPDRP would to a great extent streamline the power distribution mechanism in the State.
Asking PDD to devise a strategy to reduce power losses and to check pilferage of electricity, Ms Mehbooba said the scheduled power cuts should be in accordance with the working hours fixed for carrying out RAPDRP works by IRCON, which should be consumer-friendly.
She said the government is working hard to increase the power generation sources and work on various new power projects is being carried out in this regard to improve supply.
The Chief Minister called for taking up works in flood control and irrigation sectors under convergence mode to ensure optimal utilization of funds.
Regarding the issue of daily-rated workers, the Chief Minister said the Government has already constituted a high-level committee for compiling the data 5of all such workers through Aadhaar-based mechanism to take a call on the issue.
While taking a detailed review of the developmental projects underway in Jammu city, the Chief Minister was informed that the issue of rehabilitation of shopkeepers affected due to execution of the multi-layer parking project and renovation of the Bus Stand being executed at a cost of Rs 202 crore has been resolved and the project is underway smoothly.
Regarding the issue of encroachments and rehabilitation of vendors in Jammu city, the Deputy Commissioner informed that an action plan is being chalked out in coordination with Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) to rehabilitate the displaced ven56dors at a suitable place. He said a massive anti-encroachment drive has been launched in Jammu city and the national highway has been cleared of the encroachments.
The Chief Minister asked the DC Jammu and Commissioner JMC to expedite the process of registration of bonafide vendors so that they are suitably rehabilitated and can carry out their business activities in a particular zone without causing any hassles in the smooth movement of traffic.
Stressing on improving the civic amenities in Jammu city, the Chief Minister said that more parking facilities need to be created in the city to address the issue of traffic congestion. She called for taking up a parking project at Panjtirthi.
She said renovation and landscaping of the historic Mubarak Mandi complex should be expedited to make it an attractive destination for locals and tourists. She also called for taking steps for improving waste management in Jammu city as also in Katra which witnesses huge influx of pilgrims.
The Chief Minister said the tourists should not face any inconvenience and stressed that there is a need to develop wayside amenities on the national highway. She also called for developing infrastructure and other logistic facilities at Baba Chamliyal and Suchetgarh which are witnessing increasing footfall of tourists besides promoting other vital tourist destinations in the region.

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