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Illegal connection, theft is the cancer of electricity system and I urge citizens to launch a sustained campaign against it: LG

2022-07-26 00:00:00

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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today expressed gratitude towards the Government of India and Hon ble Union Power Minister Sh RK Singh for sanctioning Phase I package of Rs 5641.91 Cr for complete revamp, strengthening of the power distribution infrastructure under Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme RDSS in both Urban amp; Rural Areas of J amp;K.The Lt Governor termed the sanctioning of the Phase I as a significant development in the power sector in the UT which will ensure uninterrupted and reliable power supply to the citizens of J amp;K. The Lt Governor was speaking at an event organized to mark the beginning of Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya, Power 2047 celebrations in J amp;K, at SP College, Srinagar.Of the amount under Phase I, JPDCL will get Rs 2807.70 Cr Rs 2265.95 Cr under Loss Reduction and Rs 541.75 Cr under Smart Metering and KPDCL to receive Rs 2834.21 Cr Rs 2329.25 Cr under Loss Reduction and Rs 504.96 Cr under Smart Metering . Under Phase I, projects related to smart pre paid metering and loss reduction infrastructure creation will be implemented. Modernization works will be funded separately under Phase II.

It is a fitting tribute to celebrate Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya, Power 2047 , said the Lt Governor. Pertinently, J amp;K has submitted an investment plan of Rs 12,922 Cr under RDSS to remove all supply constraints in the distribution sector to supply 24x7 quality electricity to all households.The Lt Governor said that the implementation of reforms based and Result linked Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme RDSS in the UT will go a long way in bringing about a complete turnaround in the power sector of J amp;K.The scheme aims at improving the operational efficiency of the Power Department, bringing in greater financial viability of the DISCOMs, besides implementing smart pre paid metering system, reducing the AT amp;C losses and strengthening infrastructure for providing reliable, affordable and quality power supply to end consumers, he added. It will also open up employment opportunities by meeting the growing demand for opening new industry in the UT, he further added. Area wise system studies in every district have been conducted with the support of Government of India to ascertain the system inadequacies and requirements to supply 24x7 affordable electricity.Focus will also be laid on Policy and Structural Reforms; Developing a Training Policy of employees with targeted annual trainings in advanced area, besides improving the aesthetic view of Jammu and Srinagar cities by way of conversion of overhead electrical network to underground cabling at major roads of the two capital cities, Jammu and Srinagar of the UT, it was informed.

The works to be executed under Phase I includes 14,07,045 Pre Paid Smart Metering; 88,037 DT Metering; Distribution Transformers; Bifurcation of Lengthy Feeders; Segregation of Agricultural Feeders; Replacement of Old frayed conductors; nbsp;Installation of Capacitor Bank at 66 11kV and 33 11kV Substations for Voltage regulation etc.Observing that J amp;K UT has taken many steps to strengthen four pillars of electricity system production, transmission, distribution amp; connection, the Lt Governor stressed that illegal connection and power theft is the cancer of electricity system, and urged the citizens to launch a sustained campaign against it. People of J amp;K must discharge their major responsibility by informing the department about the illegal connections amp; power pilferage and must pay their electricity bills on time, he added. Enlisting various reforms introduced by the government to overhaul the power sector in the UT, the Lt Governor said that the government is working on a mission mode for developing new power infrastructure and improving the existing one to meet the power demands of the people. Unprecedented milestones have been achieved to ensure last mile connectivity and 100 saturation of Central Sector Scheme of Universal Household Electrification. More than 6500 new distribution transformers have been installed and reliability of power distribution has been ensured in both rural and urban areas, noted the Lt Governor.Transmission and distribution capacity has been increased.

More power has been supplied even during peak days. Important power projects which were hanging in balance for decades are now being executed. In next three years, we are all set to generate the capacity equivalent to what was achieved in 70 years, added the Lt Governor.

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