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Trashed by previous Govt, Power reform projects resurrected in Governor's rule
7/17/2018 11:30:01 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, July 17: At a time when the Governors rule in Jammu and Kashmir is subtly bringing order to the earlier chaos within the power corridors, the power reforms that were put into the back burner by the previous regime are set to witness a revival.
As per the insiders within the state dispensation, there were crores of rupees that got lapsed due to non-implementation of the power reform schemes in the state. The reports inform that no more than 20 percent of the projects have been completed in the state with snail's pace progress made in this regard acting as a major spoilsport.
For example, one power refs projects approved by the central government 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 in twin capitals under this scheme. The fact is that only handful of areas have 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.
The officials are blaming 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.
However, there are reports that the governor has asked the power department to come up with the detailed report over why the projects have been missing the deadlines often and what is needed to be done at an earliest from the state dispensation so that the projects are completed with no further delay and masses are accorded their benefits soon.
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