Rs 616 crore being spent on power augmentation: Govt

Jammu: Minister of State for Power, Asiea Naqash informed the House that   the Union Government has launched a mega development programme under DDUGJY for the improvement of power system in the State involving a cost of Rs. 616.59 crore.

Responding to a question by Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather, she said this ambitious programme has been approved for implementation in 21 districts of the State including, 10 in Jammu province, 9 in Kashmir and two districts of Ladakh region.

Asiea Naqash said that the programme is aimed at to augment the power infrastructure and electrification of all un-electrified areas in the rural areas. It also envisages various reforms in the power sector to improve over all power scenario in the State.

Elaborating further, the Minister said that the reason for slow implementation is poor response to tenders and meeting various other technicalities. She said the Government is making constant efforts for speedy implementation of this important programme in all identified areas of the State to ensure that benefits reach to the targeted population.

Meanwhile, replying to a question by MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani, she said Government is going to develop 1×10 MVA Receiving Station at Kawarigam to ease load and improve power supply scenario in adjoining areas. She said the power supply to Ranipora and Kawarigam is fed from Receiving Station, Gopalpora through 11 KV Dethoo feeder while Harde-toru is fed from Receiving Station, Shangus Nowgam through 11 KV Issus feeder.

“Kawarigam being the load centre, construction of 10 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving Station has been proposed there which will cater to the Hardetoru and Ranipora areas as well” she said.

The Minister said that the DPR for construction of Receiving Station at Kawarigam stands submitted for accord of TEC for an amount of Rs 4.99 crore which will improve the power supply to Ranipora, Hardo-Toru, Kawarigam and other areas of Shangus constituency.

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