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35 power projects inaugurated in J&K to give major push to overall capacity

Last Updated on July 15, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Giving a major push to strengthen Power sector in J&K, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today inaugurated 35 power projects worth Rs 44.14 crores, augmenting the overall capacity in Jammu Division by 367 MVA.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor also launched several e-Services of Power Development Department, including the new provision for submitting application for getting a new electricity connection through online mode. Further, people can avail facilities of online bill payment, online complaint redressal, online security deposit calculation, besides using the online customer portal for their convenience.

Lt Governor inaugurating 35 power projects worth Rs 44.14 crore

Reiterating the UT Government’s mission of eliminating the past practices of delays in execution of projects, the Lt Governor stated that the present administration is working on the principle of accountable and responsive governance and is committed to ensuring time-bound completion of developmental projects to ease the life of citizens.

“Decade long overdue upgradation of power infrastructure is being done in a sustained manner. We are eliminating the legacy of delays. Languishing projects hanging for long are being completed in record times”, he added.

Electricity has been considered as a basic human need and hence it has been given priority in policy making and economy management. In spite of the ever-growing demand for power and availability of immense natural sources for energy generation in J&K, the infrastructure was not augmented in a way commensurate to meeting the demand, he added.

The capacity augmentation of the Barn Grid station which is being inaugurated today should have been done in 2012 itself because in the same year it was targeted that the capacity of this grid station would be increased to 480 MVA by installing additional capacity of 160 MVA. Now, this important power project has been completed in record 119 days despite Covid pandemic which has been hanging for 9 years. This project will immensely benefit the remote areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Akhnoor, Jourian, Reasi and the adjoining areas of Jammu, the Lt Governor asserted.