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As Jammu sweats in dark, Govt prepares for power supply in Kashmir in winters

Last Updated on July 17, 2021 at 9:36 pm

In order to monitor the advance preparations made by the Power Development Department in view of the winter season, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today chaired a meeting to review the action plan of PDD for winter preparedness. 

Power infrastructure must be ready for extreme weather conditions, besides proactive measures need to be taken on the ground to meet the winter power demand. All gaps in power transmission, distribution must be filled by October, the Lt Governor directed the officers.

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha holding a high meeting for winter preparedness of PDD

The Lt Governor preponed the timelines of several power augmentation projects to October this year and further directed for making all procurements before the arrival of the winter season.

Take experiences of the previous years along. Prioritize high load areas and keep topography into consideration while formulating the multipronged strategies to ensure the uninterrupted power supply to the people during winters. Plan ahead for power supply in Snowbound, remote and inaccessible areas of both the divisions of the UT, the Lt Governor told the officers.

Laying special emphasis on meeting the needs of the people, the Lt Governor directed the power department to augment the transmission and distribution capacities in order to fill the Power Supply and Demand gap.

Instructions were also passed to submit a comprehensive plan for reaching out to the habitations with grid electricity who are living in tough terrain areas like Gurez, Machil, and Tulail.

The Lt Governor directed the officers to work in convergence mode for the speedy completion of projects. Technical evaluation and administrative approvals shall not be delayed. Committed timelines & targets must be met in letter and spirit for the larger interest of the public, added the Lt Governor.

Interestingly Chief Engineer, (Distribution) JPDCL, Jammu informed that the power supply to Chanderkote Grid Station of BHEP shall remain affected on July 18 from 7 am to 12 noon.

Similarly, the power supply to all areas from 150MVA 132/66KV Grid Station Kathua shall remain affected on July 18 from 6 am to 10 am.

Likewise, the power supply to Miran Sahib and its adjoining areas shall remain affected on July 18 from 07 am to 11 am

Superintending Engineer (Distribution) JPDCL O&M Circle Kathua has informed that the power supply to Budhi, PHE and Railway shall remain affected on July 18, 19 and 20 from 6.30 am to 9.30 am.

Similarly, the power supply to Abtal, Sadoh, Kaink, Raiyan, Khanwal and Pachtilla shall remain affected on July 18, 19 and 20 from 03 pm to 08 pm.