JAMMU, Jan 23: The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today directed the officers to ensure timely completion of various projects undertaken to augment the electric infra in the State so that the supply and transmission of electricity gets necessary augmentation.
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing officers during a review meeting convened to discuss the status of Jallandhar-Samba-Amargarh transmission line being executed by Sterlite Power.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioners Secretary Power, Dheeraj Gupta, Development Commissioner Power, Gul Ayaz, Chief Engineers of PDD, Deputy Commissioners Jammu, Samba, representatives of Sterlite Power were present in the meeting whereas Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioners Budgam, Poonch, Baramulla and Rajouri participated through video conferencing.
The Deputy Chief Minister while reviewing the pace of the work asked for maintaining close liaison and synergizing efforts in order to ensure that the scheme is completed within the stipulated timeline as it is very essential for the transmission and augmentation of the power in the State. He said that it would augment to a great extent the transmissibility of electricity from Northern Grid to the both divisions of the State.
He also directed the Deputy Commissioners of the areas through which the line is passing to speed up the process of acquisition of the land by paying adequate compensation to the land owners and also remove other bottlenecks, if any. He said that the officers should also ensure that any other issue is sorted out in consultation with the representatives of the Sterlite Power, the land owners whose property is being acquired and other related departments.
It is pertinent to mention that the project would enable more than 1000 MW of power exchange between the State and Northern Grid thereby increasing the transmission capacity by over 70 percent and would also ensure increased Grid Reliability due to provision of alternate route for power transfer and also providing continuous power to the state even during extreme weather conditions.
The Line passing through eleven districts of the State would be benefitting 1.25 crore population, provide employment opportunity to the unskilled population, besides also promoting business and attracting new growth avenues.