Hirdesh reviews power sector schemes in Kathua, Udhampur

Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar chairing a meeting at Kathua on Saturday.
Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar chairing a meeting at Kathua on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 15: Commissioner/Secretary Power Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar, today convened a meeting of officers in Kathua to review the progress of various schemes and programmes in power sector.
The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer, EM&RE, Sudhir Gupta, Chief Engineer S&O and Project Wing, Avinash Dubey, Superintending Engineer, Sandeep Seth, ACD, DFOs, Executive Engineers and AEEs of PWD(R&B) & PHE department and other officers.
District Development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria briefed the meeting about the present electric profile of the district, status of households electrified under several power schems. Detail of centrally sponsored schemes viz. cost involved and their completion time were also deliberated upon besides augmentation of PDD infra at industrial area was also highlighted.
Kumar took a comprehensive review of schemes viz Saubhagya, PMDP and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and directed the concerned for achieving 100% target of electrification/saturation of all households of Kathua under SAUBHAGYA scheme on or before September 30.
Kumar asked the DDC to allot land for establishing receiving stations at village Logate, Tandi, Dhar Mahanpur and Duggan for developing power infrastructure.
He further divulged that a monitoring committee will be constituted to remove bottlenecks of ongoing power projects, if any, besides the members will meet after 15 days for systemic review.
Kumar also directed the concerned officers to layout the complete transmission infra for receiving power from Shahpur Kandi project from January next year.
Shifting of PDD office from Kathua main bazaar for which the Commissioner/Secretary sanctioned Rs 50 lakhs, progress of RAPDRP scheme for Kathua town, revenue realization, metering and staff strength at far flung areas were other issues discussed threadbare.
Meanwhile, to review the SAUBHAGYA and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of power sector for Udhampur and Reasi districts, a meeting of officers was held under the chairmanship of Commissioner/Secretary, Power Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar in the Conference Hall of DC Office Complex here.
The meeting was attended by District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar, Chief Engineer Project Wing, Avinash Dubey, Chief Engineer EM&RE, Sudhir Gupta, Director Planning PDD, Rakesh Jamwal, Chief Planning Officer, Rajeev Bhushan, Assistant Commissioner Development, Noor Alam, SDMs besides other district and sectoral officers of concerned departments and field functionaries of PDD department.
During the meeting, Kumar took an extensive review of various schemes being launched by the Government of India under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan including SAUBHAGYA, PMDP, Deen Dayal Upaddhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and other such schemes.  He directed the concerned officers to engage in a significant outreach programme to push its flagship programmes for achieving “100% targets in rural as well as urban areas under SAUBHAGYA.
He further directed for setting weekly and monthly targets of electrification and completion of the pending targets.
Kumar stressed on providing electricity to the deprived households in these districts under SAUBHAGYA and other rural electrification schemes by November this year.