Power generation sluggish, admits CM

Power generation sluggish, admits CM

State is generating 3272 MWs, power purchase target more than budget allocation

Jammu: The Power Development Department (PDD) has been asked to devise a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring quality power supply in view of the distress in power generation, transmission and distribution. The direction was issued during a high level review meeting of the PDD chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“Power is a key enabler for fuelling a rebound in the economy for which PDD will have to firm up timelines to ensure timely execution of projects. The power scenario remains sluggish,” she admitted and prompted the department to do more work proportionate to the high potential for power generation. She also stressed for necessary steps to clear mounting liabilities on account of power purchases.
The chief minister asked PDD to harness the identified power potential of around 15,000 MW, out of which the State is only able to generate a capacity of 3,272 MW.
Against an amount of Rs 5,247 crore required for power purchase, a budgetary allocation of Rs 3785 crore has been made. To meet the widening gap between power purchased and revenue realized, the Chief Minister was informed that the shortfall will have to be bridged by issuance of bonds by the state government.
To ease constraints, Mehbooba Mufti urged PDD to remove impediments in commissioning of under-execution state sector projects like Parnai, Lower Kalnai, Hanu and Dah as well as those in IPP like Rattle HEP within the stipulated timelines. “Active forward movement is required on stranded projects,” she observed.
The Chief Minister was presented with a roadmap for capacity addition for the next six years that envisages 6254.50 MW generation of power through 13 state sector, 1679 MW through 5 central sector and 1210 MW through big and small IPP projects.
The Chief Minister insisted upon augmentation, upgradation and renovation of existing systems, keeping in view the insufficient infrastructure to meet the power demand in the state. To show signs of credible recovery, she asked the Power Secretary to ease bottlenecks in implementation of flagship schemes like Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (RAPDRP), Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) where the current status presents a grim picture.
The chief minister appeared concerned about the hardships faced by people due to power shortage in hot summer months in Jammu. In this backdrop, she directed PDD to work out a ‘Summer Preparedness Plan’ which ensures adequate availability and strict adherence to power cut schedule so that consumers do not face any hardships.

Summer Preparedness Plan for Jammu to ensure adequate availability of power for consumers

Drabu suggests power connections to be given as per ration cards or sates tax realization

Un-electrified 108 villages to be covered over the next three years

2 lakh electronic meters to be installed under RAPDRP in Jammu and Srinagar by March 2017

She was informed by the Power Secretary that against a load of 840 MW in March, the demand increases to 970 MW in June, predominantly on account of increase in cooling irrigation and PHE load. To address this, he said power drawal at the transmission level is being enhanced by 300 MW as a result of augmentation of Hiranagar Gladni 220 KV Line by May 15 next month.
An amount of Rs 2000 crore has also been kept in the Prime Minister’s Development Package for mini-hydel projects, between 9-15 MW, which will help in further harnessing the power potential in the state, the meeting was told.
Finance Minister Hasseb Drabu told the meeting that there was a huge gap between actual revenue realization and consumer metering status in the state. Drabu suggested mapping of actual consumers by linking data of power department with CA&PD and Sates Tax Departments. This, he said will enable the department to broaden the net of actual consumers which will result in a corresponding increase in revenue realization.
An amount of Rs 1937.27 crore has been realized from 16,25,422 consumers in 2015-16, which is an increase of only 11.6 per cent, as compared to 2014-15 figures.
The Chief Minister was also briefed about ‘Power for All’ which aims at ensuring uninterrupted supply of power to existing consumers and providing access to electricity to all unconnected consumers in a time-bound manner by 2019-20. As many as 108 villages are still un-electrified in the state, which PDD is targeting to cover over the next three years.
The Chief Minister asked Power Secretary to incentivize metering by linking it with UJALA scheme, an LED based domestic lighting initiative under which 80 lakh LEDs will be distributed amongst domestic consumers. She was informed that the scheme will be rolled out by May 15 next month and if implemented successfully, the state will recover investment by saving on energy.
The meeting was informed that about 2 lakh electronic meters shall be installed under RAPDRP in Jammu & Srinagar by March 2017 while as ‘Smart Grids’ in six pilot towns will also be undertaken for which DPRs have been framed.
“Once feeder metering is completed in the entire state over the next six months, we will be able to undertake energy auditing which will be a huge achievement for the department,” he told the Chief Minister.

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