Mehbooba asks PDD to devise framework for quality power supply

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Jammu, April 28: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed the Power Development Department (PDD) to harness the identified potential of around 15,000 MW and devise a comprehensive plan for power generation, transmission and distribution systems so that supply of electricity is ensured to the consumers.
Chairing a high-level PDD meeting, in which Deputy Chief Minister and power minister Nirmal Singh was also present, she also asked the department to take necessary steps to clear mounting liabilities on account of power purchase.
“Power is a key enabler for the economy and PDD will have to firm up timelines to ensure timely execution of projects. The power scenario remains sluggish and we need to do more, as the state has potential to generate far more,” Mehbooba said.
She asked PDD to harness the identified power potential of around 15,000 MW, out of which the State was only able to generate 3,272 MW of electricity, to tide over its shortage.
Officers informed Mehbooba that against Rs 5,247 crore required for power purchase, a budgetary allocation of Rs 3,785 crore was made.
“To meet the widening gap between power purchased and revenue realised, the shortfall will have to be bridged by issuance of bonds by the State government,” they said.
The CM also asked the PDD to commission projects, under construction, like Parnai, Lower Kalnai, Hanu and Dah as well as those in IPP like Rattle HEP within stipulated time.
She was presented a roadmap for capacity addition of 6,254 MW in next six years. 50 MW generation of power through 13 state sector, 1679 MW through 5 central sector and 1210 MW through big and small IPP projects.
She also asked the Power Secretary to ease bottlenecks in implementation of flagship schemes like RAPDRP (Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme), DDUGJY (Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Gram Jyoti Yojana) and IPDS (Integrated Power Development Scheme).
Taking up the issue of frequent power cuts, Mehbooba directed PDD to make a “Summer Preparedness Plan” to ensure availability of power and strict adherence to power cut schedule so that consumers do not face any hardships.
To address this, Mehbooba said withdrawal of power at the transmission level was being enhanced by 300 MW after augmentation of Hiranagar Gladni 220 KV Line by May 15.
Rs 2000 crore has also been kept in the Prime Minister’s Development Package for mini-hydel projects, between 9 and 15 MW, which will help in further harnessing the power potential in J&K, she said.
For better revenue realisation, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu suggested mapping actual consumers by linking data of Power Department with CA&PD and Sates Tax Departments.