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J&K Govt working towards doubling power generation capacity in 3 years

Last Updated on May 14, 2022 at 7:31 pm

To make Jammu and Kashmir power surplus in the next four years, Power Development Department is working earnestly towards doubling electricity generation capacity in the Union Territory in three years.

The J&K government has initiated a large scale capacity augmentation programme to address the current power deficit in the UT. Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir was able to harness only 3,500 MW of electricity in the last 70 years but the power generation capacity in the Union Territory is all set to be doubled in the next three years and trebled in seven years.

The J&K administration has launched various initiatives to strengthen and improve power infrastructure in the UT which had remained dilapidated for the last several decades. Aggregate Technical and Commercial losses are being minimized to make power a self-sustaining, fast-growing sector of J&K. No serious efforts were made in the past so many years towards exploiting the power generation potential here.

Speaking after inauguration of 42 Transmission and Distribution projects executed by Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (JKPDD) worth Rs 357 crore in Anantnag, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, said the Transmission and Distribution projects worth Rs 2000 crore are being completed and an additional amount of Rs 6000 crore has been allocated by the central government to strengthen the Sub-Transmission and Distribution network across the UT. This will help the administration to bridge the basic infrastructural gap between cities and villages, LG added.

LG said the aim of his administration is to provide quality electricity to all citizens and business houses and these augmented facilities will realize this purpose. Since August 2019, Sinha said, 3806 MVA has been added to the total capacity as compared to 8394 MVA capacity achieved in seven decades.

LG expressed gratitude to Prime Minister and Union Power Minister for their continuous support in strengthening the power sector in J&K. The upcoming Rs 12,922 crore power projects for the UT will increase the total availability of electricity in the system, especially for the household, industries and agriculture sector.

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

We are firm in our resolve of a practical, pragmatic and viable solution to strengthen power infrastructure in every area, a senior official of Power Department said. “To address the current power deficit and meet the needs of our expanding economy, the government is upgrading transmission and distribution infrastructure that will also enable generation of productive employment opportunities for youth,” he added.