Ganderbal: Principal Secretary, Power Development and Information Departments, Rohit Kansal, today chaired a high level meeting to review the functioning of Power Development Department (PDD) in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts at Mini Secretariat Ganderbal.
The meeting was attended by MD KPDCL (Kashmir), Ajaz Ahamd, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Dr. Owais Ahmad, Secretary (Tech) Bashir Ahmad Dar, CE (Distribution) Aijaz Ahmad Dar, CE Transmission Hashmat Qazi, CE Projects Javed Yousuf and CE (Load Dispach MY Baba, MD PDC, SE O&M Circle Ganderbal besides Executive Engineers of different wings of PDD.
Principal Secretary was given firsthand appraisal by the SE O&M Circle Ganderbal and concerned Engineer from Bandipora about the power scenario of twin districts besides status of languishing projects and progress on centrally sponsored schemes in both the districts.
He said that PDD being the vital sector is receiving focused attention from the government. He stressed upon the concerned engineers to maintain discipline in functioning of the department and said that no laxity would be tolerated on part of any official with regard to regulation of power supply to the people.
The meeting also reviewed the status of languishing projects including segregation of 11KV Repora feeder, segregation of 11KV Saloora feeder and construction of 33/11 KV Receiving station along with 33KV Line at Batwina
in Ganderbal and concerned briefed the Principal Secretary about the physical and financial progress on these projects.
While underlining the importance of these projects of the department in twin districts, Principal Secretary said that adequate infrastructure has been created to improve power scenario across J&K and said these projects after completion shall establish a robust power supply mechanism in both the districts. He directed the concerned SEs to take periodic review of pace of progress on the projects to ensure their early completion.
While taking review of progress made under various schemes, Principal Secretary was informed that the works taken up in the twin districts under various schemes are at different stages of completion.
Rohit Kansal emphasized upon timely Bill delivery to the consumers and asked the concerned officers to keep their activities at maximum to plug power pilferage. He exhorted upon the Executive Engineers to ensure load agreement is brought to realistic figures as per the usage and requirement of the consumers to enable government ensure round the clock electricity availability in the districts.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers especially in winter season in both the districts, Principal Secretary directed for taking intensive drives to seize crude heaters and asked the DCs to provide all possible support to the department in this . He also asked for initiating instant legal action against those who are involved in manufacturing and sale of such gadgets which are already banned.
Principal Secretary also reviewed the functioning of Transformer Repair Workshops in both the districts and directed the concerned to take all necessary measures to augment the repairing capacity of the workshops so that damaged transformers are repaired within a shortest possible time.
On the occasion, Principal Secretary also took stock of functioning of Power Development Corporation. He instructed the concerned to speed up the pace of work on ongoing projects. He asked them to work in unison with district administration and remove bottlenecks, if any, for timely completion of the projects.
Later, Principal Secretary inspected 105 MW Upper Sind Hydro Power (USHP) Project at Kangan and took stock of its functioning. He inspected various components of the station.
Principal Secretary also visited 280 MW Alesteng Grid station and inspects different units.