JAMMU, June 27: Suggesting several measures to keep a balance between demand and supply of power, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pradeep Gupta today said that the present power cuts are due to the steep increase in power demand in summer days which causes huge vacancy fall in Northern Grid.
The Div Com was speaking at a meeting held to review the present status of power & water supply in Jammu province in general and in Jammu city in particular. The local MLAs and senior officers of the concerned departments were present in the meeting.
The legislators raised various problems that have arisen due to recent unscheduled power cuts and inadequate water supply seeking an urgent solution to the same.
Expressing concern over the increase in power curtailments and decline in water supply in Jammu, the Divisional Commissioner fervently appealed to the people to extend their complete cooperation to come out of the present troubled situation. He said that the recent disturbance in water and power supply has many contributors like overloading, demand and supply imbalance, threatening 63% transmission and distribution losses against 26% in rest of the country, about 9.2 lakh unregistered households, 13 lakh unmetered houses, 40% transformer damage rate against 2.5 % in rest of the country, 3 times increase in actual load than capacity and distress calls from NRLDC, etc.
The Div Com emphasized upon the people to pay their electricity dues regularly besides making a judicious use of power which will ease their problems besides enabling the Government to facilitate them with proper water and power supply.
He said that the Government is endeavoring a lot to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the people. In this regard, as a long term measure a Rs. 830 crore project under R-APDRP is being implemented in 11 towns of the division to improve power infrastructure and meter the unmetered areas which will help reduce T&D losses to 15%. Besides, the Voluntary Load Discloser System (VLDS) scheme is also in progress to further streamline the power scenario in the state.
Div Com asked the PDD officers to take all necessary measures to avoid unscheduled power cuts besides devising an effective mechanism to restore power supply within shortest possible time to avoid unnecessary inconvenience to the public. He directed the PDD to ensure 24 hours power supply to essential feeders of PHE so that regular water supply would not affected. He also directed the PHE department for regular supply of water tankers in water scared areas.
The MLAs also suggested several innovative measures to face this challenge which the people are facing due to irregular water and power supply.
Among others, Legislators, Ashok Khajuria, Sukhnandan Choudhary, Bharat Bhusan, Prof. Gharu Ram Bhagat, Vimla Luthra, Indu Pawar besides District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Chief Engineer, PDD, Shenaz Goni, Chief Engineer, System Operation, Ajay Gupta, Chief Engineer, PHE, B R Dogra, Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation and other senior functionaries of different departments attended the meeting.