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CS reviews implementation of free electricity scheme ‘Saubhagya’ with DCs

CS reviews implementation of free  electricity scheme ‘Saubhagya’ with DCs

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 2: Chief Secretary, B B Vyas today chaired a video conference with DCs to review implementation of the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) to achieve 100% household electrification in Jammu & Kashmir by March 31, 2019.
Commissioner/ Secretary PDD, Commissioner/ Secretary Revenue, Divisional Commiss-ioner, Jammu, DC, Jammu and other senior officers attended the meeting. Divisional Commissio-ner, Kashmir also participated via video conferencing.
Presenting a brief overview of the scheme, Commissioner/ Secretary PDD informed that ‘Saubhagya’envisages electricity connections to all un-electrified households in the State, with poor households to be provided electricity connections free of cost.
The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs. 500, which will be recovered in 10 installments through electricity bills.
For remote and inaccessible villages/habitations, where grids extension is not feasible or cost effective, Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) based standalone systems will be provided.
It was informed that the exercise for collecting data of un-electrified households in the districts has already begun through the Executive Engineers of PDD and after validation by the District Level Committee headed by the DCs; the survey reports will be submitted before January 31, 2018.
Chief Secretary emphasised on involving local public representatives for information and sensitization of the beneficiaries. He also stressed on organising panchayat wise camps in villages/towns for spreading awareness about the scheme.
He also reviewed the progress in regard to the resolution of RoW issues of the vital power transmission lines and grid stations in various districts of Kashmir and the Jammu divisions.
The projects reviewed include the 220 KV Wagoora-Mir-Bazar, Wagoora-Budgam-Zainakote, Zainakote-Alustenf-Mirbazar and Alusteng-Mirbazar Transmission Line, 132 KV Badampora-Bandipora, Budgam-Chadoora D/C, KV Pampore-Khrew D/C, Mir Bazar-Qazigund Railway Line, 220 KV Gladni-Udhampur, 132 KV D/C Barn-Canal Transmission Line etc and the grid stations at Khanyar, Batpora-Tailbal, Tengpora and lassipora.
The progress on the 220 KV Srinagar-Leh Transmission Line and the resolution of RoW issues in the 400 KV Jallandhar-Samba-Amargarh Transmission Line were also reviewed in the meeting.
Chief Secretary noted with satisfaction the progress achieved in resolution of bottlenecks and asked DCs to complete the land acquisition proceedings in all pending sections immediately.

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