Jammu: Four important health resorts and tourist destinations of the state, including Gulmarg and Pahalgam, will soon get underground cables for better power supply.
The underground cabling will be undertaken in four health-cum-tourist resorts in Jammu and Kashmir to further beautify them and ensure improved power supply, a senior Power Development department (PDD) officer said.
“Tenders worth Rs 129.20 crore have been floated for underground cabling at four tourist destinations including Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Patnitop,” principal secretary power, Dheeraj Gupta said.
Gupta said he had informed chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, about the measures taken for removal of bottlenecks in procurement of essential items as per standardized procurement procedure.
He said with the government of India approving a list of vendors, the Power Development Department will now be able to maintain an inventory of key material supplies.
“As the Centre has also effected changes in specification of transformers, the new transformers will prove much cheaper and energy efficient in the long run,” he said, while assuring the chief minister of switching over to new specifications within the next six months.
The secretary informed the meeting that power supply to Jamia Masjid Srinagar will be augmented with installation of 250 KV DG sets and the work will be completed within the next two months at a cost of Rs 1 crore.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply to the picturesque Pahalgam resort, 11 KV and 33 KV lines are being laid which will be completed by the end of July at a cost of Rs 3 crore.