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Chief Secretary reviews Power and water scenario in JK

SRINAGAR, April 26: Chief Secretary Dr. Arun K Mehta today chaired a meeting of Power Development Department and Jal Shakti department at Civil Secretariat here to review the power and water scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Jal Shakti M Raju, SMC Commissioner Athar Aamir Khan, MD KPDCL Dr Basharat Qayoom, Secretary (Technical) PDD Bashir Ahmad Dar, Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir, Basharat J Kawoosa, Chief Engineer PDD (Transmission) Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer Projects PDD Lateef Ahmad, Director Finance Jal Shakti, Lateef Ahmad Poswal.

Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Niteshwar Kumar, Commissioner JMC, MD JKPTCL, MD JPDCL, MD JKSPDC, Chief Engineers of various wings of JPDCL, Chief Engineer PHE and other senior officers attended the meeting from Jammu through video conferencing.

At the outset, Chief Secretary was briefed about the power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and the reasons for the short fall in the power sector. It was given out in the meeting that electricity issues are being faced throughout the whole country at the moment. To mitigate the shortfall in Jammu and Kashmir, it was given out that Centre has allocated additional power to Jammu and Kashmir to meet the demand.

Chief Secretary directed the PDD to take immediate measures to provide adequate power supply during Iftaar' and sehri timings and the holy days. He also directed then to reach out to the people and explain the reasons for the short fall in power supply. He said that people will understand if they are given factual position and said that consumers should be informed of the facts through print and electronic media.

Chief Secretary directed the PDD officers to issue statements explaining the reasons of outages and the actions taken by the department and the same should be shared with social media and Information Department.

He further asked the Power Development Department (PDD) to expedite installation of meters in rural areas. He said that the meters, spared from areas where smart metering is completed, should be installed in rural areas without any delay. He directed the officers to submit action taken report within a week on the installation of 16000 meters that have been spared due to installation of smart meters.

He further directed the PDD and Jal Shakti departments to work in a coordinated manner so that water supply does not get affected due to outages as Jal Shakti schemes are power dependent. He said that dedicated feeders to PHE should be maintained well so that essential services so not suffer. He directed the officers to maintain adequate water supply to the people and take prompt action on the issues faced by the public.