Omar asks power dept to tackle power shortage
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 16:13
  
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday asked the state Power Development Department (PDD) to put in all efforts in mitigating difficulties being faced by people in Kashmir Valley due to shortage of electricity.

"The operationalization of Gas Turbine resulting in augmentation of another 100 MWs of power and raising the current availability from 950 MWs to 1050 MWs daily should have impact on the ground," Omar told officers of the PDD.

Omar arrived here yesterday to visit the family of a youth killed in CISF firing in Uri town of Baramulla district during protests against lack of electricity supply in their area on Monday.

The Chief Minister stayed back in the summer capital to review the power situation. Chairing a high-level meeting to review power status in the Valley, the Chief Minister directed for close rapport between administration and the people through public committees to address the grievances of people on account of power shortage.

He said the District Development Commissioners and officers of PDD should constitute public committees in all areas and keep constant liaison with people through these committees to ascertain the power availability in the particular area and the bottlenecks hampering smooth supply of electricity.

"Managerial capacity has to be put in place to rationalize the supply and face the challenge of huge deficit," he said.

On the directions of the Chief Minister, a team of PDD officers led by Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan and comprising Principal Secretary Power Sudhanshu Pandey is currently on a tour of the Valley to look into the public grievance on account of availability of electricity.

The team has already visited South Kashmir and parts of Srinagar yesterday. It is scheduled to visit other parts of Srinagar and Budgam district today while during next couple of days the team will visit Bandipora, Ganderbal, Baramulla and Kupwara districts to ascertain the functioning of power installations along with availability of power in these areas.

Giving a brief about the power position in the Valley, the PDD officials said due to 100 MW increase in power supply position, the department would look into revising the power supply schedule to give further relief to the people.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 16:13


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