Omar reaffirms determination to ‘revolutionize’ power sector

Two Data-cum-24X7 Consumer Care Centres also inaugurated

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People will remember our Government for this historic initiative when they will reap the fruit in this regard in near future

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday reaffirmed the determination of his Government to ‘revolutionized’ the power generation in the State and provide upper hand to Jammu and Kashmir in energy availability.

“The Government has put in place an ambitious and stupendous power generation programme to achieve self-sufficiency in it and catapult State’s economy and financial health”, he said and added that people will remember our Government for this historic initiative when they will reap the fruit in this regard in near future.

The Chief Minister was launching 2nd phase of Re-structured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) for Jammu division to tone up the power supply system in the city and eleven towns of Akhnoor, Bhaderwah, Doda, Jammu, Kathua, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, R. S. Pura, Samba and Udhampur to benefit 237002 consumers on account of power supply and distribution.

The Chief Minister recently launched a similar programme in Srinagar for Kashmir division to benefit 256679 consumers under the R-APDRP.

Two Data-cum-24X7 Consumer Care Centres have also been inaugurated by the Chief Minister under this Programme at Jammu and Srinagar for the facilities of the consumers.

Omar Abdullah said that dozens of power projects in the various stages of execution will accrue benefits to the people in near future. He said these will make the State self-reliant in power generation to meet its domestic, agricultural and industrial needs besides enabling it to sell the surplus energy and earn substantial revenue for meeting development requirements in all sectors.

The Chief Minister said those who want to do politics on development issues and mislead people carrying the bogie of false propaganda. He said equitable and inclusive development of all the regions and sub- regions has been benchmark of the development policy of the Coalition Government and the holistic development all across the State is witness to this determination of the Government.

Omar Abdullah said that certain politicians have made it their trait and fashion to pretend to be the best friends of people while facing cameras but they never talk of any public good in the forums and Government meetings.

The Chief Minister has directed the Power Development Corporation to move forward on studying the feasibility for the construction of Baglihar-III utilizing the availability of existing infrastructure. He has also directed for finalizing the arrangements for joint venture for utilizing the allotted coal block so that Jammu and Kashmir gets another fillip in the power generation sector.

The newly launched R-APDRP Part-II will involve an expenditure of Rs.1665 crore for the two provinces of Jammu and Kashmir. It involves construction of new sub-stations augmentation of existing ones, construction of new distribution stations, laying of new 33 KV lines, laying of LT lines, reconstruction and upgradation of HT and LT lines with Aerial Bunched Cable, high voltage distribution system and the project is likely to be completed within two months.

Ministers, Sham Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla, Vikar Rasool, Legislator Devender Singh Rana, Principal Secretary, Power, A. K. Mehta and various officers of Power Development Department were present on the occasion besides members of the civil society.

The Chief Minister later inaugurated the RTI Mobile Van Facility for the people to utilize it under Right to Information Act.

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