People must help administration in controlling theft: LG Sinha

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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday appealed the people to help the administration in controlling the power theft in of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I appeal to the people to help the administration in controlling theft, reducing wasteful consumption, cutting down losses and reporting the offenders to the authorities,” the LG said while inaugurating 20 Power distribution projects costing Rs 41 Cr in Bajalta area of Jammu division.

He said that it is the need of the hour to install smart meters to ensure that people of J&K get good quality and reliable power, address the needs of poor, rural areas, agriculture and industrial sector, and usher in an era of uninterrupted power supply.

The Lt Governor said that these projects will address peak season shortage and ensure sustained economic activities.

He said that the additional capacity augmentation will bridge the major gap in the electricity requirements of Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Poonch, Rajouri and adjoining areas, he added.

“Our aim is to make the power department of J&K UT self-sustaining and reduce power theft which is proving to be cancer for this sector,” he said.

LG said that the unprecedented achievements in power generation, transmission & distribution sectors in the last one year have completely overhauled J&K’s power infrastructure which remained dilapidated for several decades.

“The government is planning to invest Rs.12,000 Cr for capacity augmentation, upgrading the transmission and distribution systems to remove all supply constraints, strengthen electrification assets and deliver electricity through underground wires in the capital cities of Jammu & Srinagar,” he said.

He said that the administration is working on detailed plans in a systematic manner for achieving reliable, quality, and sustainable power supply. “We will generate 2500 MW additional electricity by 2024 to ensure energy security for the people of J&K,” he said.

He said that last year, 60 MW capacity augmentations were achieved in the region.

“By March 31 this year, additional 200 MW capacities will be added in our energy basket,” he said.

“We are addressing the shortage of infrastructure with renewed vigor with focus on inclusiveness and bridging divides. Our growth model has multi-dimensional objectives to produce a wide-spread flow of benefits, ensuring access to essential services for all sections and expansion of quality employment.”

He said that 134 out of 188 sub-projects of power transmission and distribution have been completed and the remaining 54 are in the final stage of completion.

“New projects worth Rs 400 crore were started for strengthening the transmission sector,” LG said.

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