Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday that energy was a key sector in the state and to augment state’s energy, generation and distribution networks should be strengthened.
Speaking at a meeting convened this morning to take first hand appraisal of the power and water supply position in Jammu region, in view of the sweltering heat wave in the region, she asked power department to avoid unscheduled power cuts, especially during the peak hours.
She said that consumers should be informed in advance about the power curtailment schedule, if any to be implemented, during any exigencies.
The CM also stressed on better synergy between PDD and PHE Department to avoid system breakdown which often leads to disruption of water supply in and around the city. She asked PDD to install additional capacitors and transformers where-ever required to avoid system breakdown.
She called for removal of the illegal power connections, if any, from the dedicated PHE feeders which is one of the major causes for system breakdown due to overload. She also sought cooperation of the people in this regard.
Mufti called for expediting works under R-APDRP (Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme) to augment the power supply position in the State.
The Chief Minister asked the executing agency IRCON to carry out works in double-shift to ensure completion of the project ahead of the schedule time-frame of March 2017. “RAPDRP has already missed the deadline and the thrust should be on completing the project ahead of the fresh deadline of March 2017,” she maintained.