JAMMU: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Monday held a detailed meeting to review the power scenario in Kashmir at the Civil Secretariat here.
The meeting was attended by Managing Director Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited, Chief Engineer KPSCL (Kashmir), Chief Engineer Projects, Chief Engineer Transmission and Superintending Engineers of different wings, through virtual mode.
Advisor sought details from the officers about the unscheduled power cuts and disturbed power supply in Kashmir division and directed them to take remedial measures in this regard.
He directed them that no unscheduled power cut should be observed and people should be informed beforehand about any power curtailment. At the time of necessary rotational curtailments and distress curtailments immediate announcements should be made through social media and local masjid informing the consumers about the facts, he further asked the concerned.
He directed the Superintending Engineers to share day to day schedules with the consumers besides announcing new schedule for summers. He also asked them to seek regular feedback from the public and make redressal of genuine grievances a regular feature.
The Advisor directed the PDD officers to issue a daily bulletin explaining the reasons for outages at all places and the actions taken by the Department and the same should be shared with the social media and Information Department. He also asked to share inventory, resources, the details of outages with the higher ups from each area every day and the action that needs to be taken to address the outages be also shared regularly.
Khan said that the Lieutenant Governor has vehemently instructed to provide uninterrupted power supply to the consumers during the month of Ramzan particularly “Sehri & Iftiyari” which need to be maintained in letter and spirit.
He directed to ensure that requisite staff is placed to man the installations round the clock and issue roster in this regard.
The Advisor said that Control Rooms should be established and made functional 24×7 to get the reports of outages and issues from all the feeders which need to be addressed in a time bound manner.
He pointed out that people acknowledge the difficulties of the department provided details are shared with the consumers openly and transparently.
Emphasising the need for intensifying enforcement drives and inspections, Advisor directed that Superintendent Engineers and Executive Engineers to conduct surprise visits and inspections to ensure that the deployed staff is working up to the mark and no excuse should be entertained for any kind of laxity from any quarter.
He directed the Enforcement Wing to conduct regular inspections and confiscate the gadgets that are being used for the power theft and take strict action against the wrongdoers.
He said that photographs of inspections and confiscations through enforcement should be shared on social media and all such details should be passed on to the higher authorities for their information and intervention.