SRINAGAR: In order to simplify and streamline the process involved in the sanction of power connections, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved revision/enhancement in the delegation of powers for issuance of Power Availability Certificate (PAC) and Power sanctions at various level.
Accordingly, Assistant Executive Engineer (E) will have the power to sanction power load connections upto 25 KW under domestic and commercial category and 25 KVA/HP under industrial category, Executive Engineer (E) upto 50 KW under domestic and commercial category and 50 KVA/HP under Industrial category, Superintendent Engineer (E) upto 100 KW under domestic and commercial category and 100 KVA/HP under Industrial category.
Chief Engineer (E) will have the power to sanction power load connection for all loads under domestic category and upto 500 KW under Commercial and upto 500 KVA/HP under Industrial category.
The designated committee headed by Development Commissioner (P) will have the power to sanction power load connection upto 1000 KW under Commercial Category and 1000 KVA/HP under Industrial Category.
Also, all the cases with load above 1000 KW in commercial categories and 1000 HP in industrial categories would be referred by the Designated Committee to the government. In cases of extension of loads, the above limits would apply for the total load viz., sanctioned existing load and additional load.
The above delegation would also apply to consumers like state government, central government department and other state and central PSUs. However, no sanction would be processed for Industrial loads without valid PAC.
There had been no upward revision in the delegation of powers to sanction loads even though the financial powers of the field officers have been revised by the government from time to time. The same had become imperative due to expansion in the consumption of power. Also, there had been a persistent demand from the Association of Industries to enhance the delegation of powers for sanctioning of power load connections at various levels for easing the process.