SRINAGAR: Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir informed the House that Government endeavors to upgrade overall power infrastructure in the State. He said in this regard several Central and State sector schemes are under implementation with thrust on upgradation of receiving stations besides replacement of old and worn-out HT/LT lines.
This was stated by the Minister in response to the supplementaries raised by some members for upgradation of power infrastructure in the State.
The Minister said despite limited resources, the State Government is making strenuous efforts for improvement power infrastructure within the available resources and mostly the said infrastructure is being upgraded under Central schemes like R-APRDRP, IPDS and DDUGJY on equitable basis in all the constituencies. He said priority is being given to complete ongoing power works in the State and it was the priority of the Government to cover all uncovered areas under electrification.
In reply to a question by Mr. Mohammad Abbas Wani, the Minister said that Rs 10 crore each were released during last two years for improvement of HT/LT network in various districts of Kashmir and during the current financial year the Government has released an amount of Rs 7.50 crore in respect of Kashmir valley for the said purpose.
The Minister said that Rs 30.75 lakh have been incurred for improvement of HT/LT network in Gulmarg constituency during last fiscal and during current fiscal Rs 29.60 lakh is proposed to be spent for upgradation of power infrastructure in the said constituency. He said under IPDS Rs 5.50 crore have been also proposed to be spent in Gulmarg constituency. He said 30 existing transformers have been upgraded to the next higher capacities in the constituency.
Replying to a question by Mr. Ranbir Singh Pathania, the Minister informed the House that 90% construction work of grid station Battal Manwal has been completed. He said as the case was sub-judice, some portion of transmission line is incomplete. He said as soon as the grid station starts functioning, the power supply to Basantgarh and Chowki area will be improved.
The Minister said that the proposal for creation of new grid station at Ramnagar has been proposed in 12th and 13th five year plans and submitted to Central Electricity Authority. He said the upgradation of Central workshop at Udhampur has been sanctioned under REC and un-electrified hamlets of Ramnagar may be covered under DUGJY scheme.
In reply to another question by Mr. Shakti Raj Parihar, the Minister said that to minimize the power crisis in the State efforts are being made to ensure that consumers use electricity as per their contracted demand. He said Government is trying to cover cent percent consumer metering adding that compliance of metering and proper energy accounting is being given priority and in this connection department has constituted inspection squads at different levels.
The Minister said that there has been no hike in power tariff from the year 2013-14. He said power tariff is being fixed by State Electricity Regulatory Commission. He said the consumers in rural areas are charged purely on the basis of their agreed load for un-metered areas and on the basis of actual consumption for metered areas.
Legislators, Mr M Y Tarigami, Mr Altaf Ahmed Wani, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin, Mr. Vikar Rasool and Mr. Yawar Dilawar Mir raised their supplementaries and urged improvement and upgradation of power infrastructure in their respective constituencies.