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Dept announces daily power cuts, LG inaugurates 22 transmission projects

Last Updated on February 14, 2022 at 7:23 pm

Even as the Power Department on daily basis issues schedule for power cuts, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that UT administration is firm in its resolve for practical, pragmatic and viable solution to strengthen power infrastructure in every district.

He said this while inaugurating 22 power transmission and distribution projects costing Rs. 216 Cr at Samba.

The Lt Governor said that the J&K’s power infrastructure, which remained dilapidated for the last several decades, is being transformed at a fast pace.

Today’s development represents a giant stride in capacity augmentation and improvement in power supply to consumers of Jammu, Samba, Hiranagar, Kathua, Udhampur and adjoining areas. The new power projects will meet the power supply demand of the citizens as well as the industrial sector, he added.

Terming the occasion as historic for the people of Samba, the Lt Governor said that the Samba district has also received a dedicated grid station after a long wait of 15 years.

To address the current power deficit and to meet the needs of our expanding economy, the government is upgrading transmission & distribution infrastructure that will also enable us to generate productive employment opportunities for youth, added the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and Union Power Minister for their continuous support in strengthening the power sector in J&K.

The Lt Governor said that Jammu & Kashmir, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is moving towards fulfilling the dream of a better life for every citizen.

We are working on an unprecedented scale in building new infrastructure and improving the facilities available to the citizens, he added.

“Government will not rest till J&K truly becomes one of the country’s best developed regions, which the entire nation can be proud of”, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor congratulated the officials of Power Development Department, the people of Samba and the adjoining areas on the commissioning of new power projects.

PDD is making efforts to reduce T&D losses and bring them within reasonable limits. The department has achieved praiseworthy results.  However, due to power theft, honest consumers who pay their electricity bills regularly are bearing the brunt of the cost of theft by other unscrupulous elements. We need to sensitize people to pay their bills on time and help the government to make power sector financially viable, the Lt Governor observed.

Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted how the new projects will benefit the people of Samba, Kathua, and adjoining areas.

Keshav Sharma, DDC Chairperson Samba expressed gratitude towards the Lt Governor led UT Government for strengthening the power infrastructure in the area.  He also highlighted various public issues, especially the development of the border areas.