SRINAGAR: In order to review the progress on implementation of Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme(RDSS) in District, A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat here at Meeting Hall of the DC Office Complex.
At the outset, the Deputy Commissioner took a division wise review about the progress achieved under the RDSS and other measures to reduce AT&C losses (Target of 43% for 2023-24) and decreasing gap between ACS (Average Cost of Supply) and ARR(Average Revenue Realized)( target of Rs 1.8 per unit for 2023-24).
The DC termed the RDSS a game changer and said that the scheme has been launched with an objective to modernize and augment the power infrastructure by Improving Quality, Reliability & Affordability of power supply to consumers.
The DC also reviewed the present status with regard to different components of the RDSS Scheme including installation Smart Metering, Distribution Infra, Project Management and Training, Capacity Building & Other Activities.
The DC was informed that about 2.40 lakh consumers including Domestic, Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture, Government Department are registered with KPDCL in Srinagar District through a connected load of 674.88 MW.
While reviewing the progress on implementation of RDSS in Srinagar District, the DC enjoined upon the Officers and executing agencies to further gear up the men and machinery by undertaking different components of the activities in a parallel mode while implementing the RDSS in all the Electric Divisions of the District.
The DC further laid emphasis that all the ongoing works under the scheme should be completed under the set timelines to achieve the desired objective of scheme for overall betterment of the power scenario.
The DC urged the Officers to ensure proper coordination during conduct of the survey and resolving technical/RoW issues, if any, during the survey to avoid any delay. He stressed on conducting surveys in a joint/cooperative manner by all concerned wings of the Department to ensure immediate approval for procurement of the material.
He also asked KPDCL Engineers to conduct analysis of critical control points in a planned manner to address them and remove limitations. He also asked them to go for a micromanagement and ensure the process of laying down the cabling within set time lines.
The DC laid emphasis on reducing AT&C losses so that the expected revenue is generated and power supply is provided as per the expectations of the consumers. He urged to ensure that quality power supply is provided to consumers and also called for responsible behaviour on part of both DISCOMS and Consumers.
The DC further asked the Department to strengthen the IEC activities in order to develop good consumer behaviour so that consumers themselves give up the means of consuming power by hooking etc.
With regard to Smart metering, the DC was informed that over 70 percent Smart meters have been installed in Srinagar District and the process of installing the remaining is going on, while the process of laying cabling is also being executed.
Meanwhile, the DC emphasis on the safety of field workers in operation and maintenance of power stations and lines by ensuring strict implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for safe working besides using standard safety devices and Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs).
Superintending Engineers of KPDCL, Executive Engineers of all Electric Divisions, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Assistant Director Planning, representatives of Project Implementing Agencies & Project Monitoring Agencies and other concerned were present in the meeting.