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Are you obsessed with darkness, Centre asks JK
GoI lashes state govt for not implementing power reforms
5/25/2018 11:51:43 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 25: The Centre has given thousands of crores to J&K government for introducing reforms in the power sector, but the repeated failures of the Power Development Department (PDD) to implement the vital schemes on ground is likely to cause fund blockade from the central power ministry.
Officials privy to the development told Early Times that last week the central government reprimanded the J&K's dispensation over failing to implement major and important power schemes in the state, resulting in the lapse of thousands of crores of public money and power paucity at large.
The Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) missed the third consecutive deadline on March 31 this year.
As per the official reports, no more than 20 percent of the project has been completed in the state, with snail's pace progress made in this regard acting as a major spoilsport. The state government is set to miss the deadline for the implementation of the project.
The project was aimed to curtail T&D losses in the state and ensure round the clock electricity to state households. For the first phase of the project, the central government had sanctioned Rs.151.99 crores under R-APDRP while an amount of Rs.1665.27 crores had been approved for the second phase of this vital project.
However, PDD insiders divulge that there hasn't been much forward movement witnessed vis-a-vis the covering the twin capitals under this scheme. "The fact is that only handful of areas has so far been covered under the scheme including those where VIPs like legislators and bureaucrats reside. In other areas, the scheme isn't seeing day's light," says a PDD official.
The official blamed the dilatory mode of functioning responsible for making such a vital power reform scheme a flop show in JK. "There is no follow up action, no meeting and no report cards sought from the helmsmen in the department by the government over the implementation of such scheme. The result is that they are going at the pace they are known for," PDD sources said.
The second phase was supposed to cover two main cities including Jammu and Srinagar for which the funds estimated at the cost of Rs. 52,89 crores have been approved.
These schemes were proposed to be taken up under National Electricity Fund for which Rural Electrification Corporation is the nodal agency. Under this scheme 30 towns have been identified as project areas in J&K state with population of above 10,000 as per 2001 census. For this purpose, the government had already taken a pilot exercise and some 30 towns have been identified as project areas in J&K, another 283 towns with population of over 4000 have also been identified that will be covered in the second phase.
Phase -1 of 283 towns is to cost Rs. 171.61 crores and phase-2 will cost Rs. 1073.33 crores. These projects were proposed to be taken up under Phase-II of R-APDRP through a special dispensation which could not materialize.
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