Dy CM for making JK self-reliant in energy sector

Dy CM for making JK self-reliant in energy sector

Chairs management, finance committee meeting of JKSPDC

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM) Nirmal Singh on Tuesday asked the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) to focus onaugmentation of power generation capacity so that J&K becomes self-reliantin energy sector. The DY CM said this while addressing 5th Meeting of Management and Finance Sub-Committee of JKSPDC here on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Power Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi was also present.Commissioner/Secretary PDD Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary Planning Saleem Sheshgar, MD JKPDC, Shah Faesal and other senior officers were present in the meeting.According to the handout, Deputy Chief Minister directed the officers to come up with a comprehensive framework of augmenting generation capacity so that the mounting energy demand was met locally. He asked the officers to synergise their efforts to make JK self-sufficient in terms of electricity generation and transmission. He said, “Nature has bestowed Jammu & Kashmir with abundant water resources and with optimal harnessing of these resources JK canbecome a pioneer in the field of hydropower generation.” He said to improve power scenario a multi-pronged approach needed to be followed which should not only involve augmenting generation but focus alsoneeded to be laid on reducing transmission and distribution losses.
Referring to the initiatives undertaken in the power sector, the Deputy Chief Minister said the officers should ensure timely completion of various programmes in this key sector. He said, “A special component has been provided under Prime Minister’s Development Package for ensuring that the power sector gets requisite flip and thrust.” While directing officers to ensure that the work on ongoing power projectsis expedited, Singh said it would ensure that the capability and capacity of the State to generate power gets the requisite boost and makes us self-sufficient.
He said, “A major component of the State’s plan is being spent on the purchase of power from various agencies and by making JK self-sufficient these funds can be channelised for other developmental initiatives.” Singh also stressed the need for fast-tracking of the upcoming power projects and called for harnessing the vast hydro powerpotential of the State. He said the solar energy is another sector which needed proper development in the State and the government would also ensure that solar power projects were set up in those areas in which feasibility of other sources of power was unavailable.
He also called for working out a comprehensive strategy to improve power scenario in the state and directed the concerned to ensure that generation as well revenue met the set targets, the handout added.

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