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JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Rohit Kansal on Saturday chaired a high level meeting to review summer preparedness of the Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL), Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) and Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Limited (JKPTCL) to ensure reliable and uninterrupted power supply during summer months.The meeting was attended by Chairman JPDCL, Chairman JKPTCL, Chairman KPDCL, Managing Directors of JPDCL and JKPTCL, Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of allied corporations of Jammu division.The Principal Secretary asked the officers to enhance their working capacity to meet the required deadlines. He stressed on making the system robust so that every project created gives appropriate result.Kansal asked the officers to integrate every new asset fully into the system so that outcome is on expected lines. He directed the companies to work in synergy and full coordination so that desired results are achieved on the ground. Regarding the several ongoing transmission projects, the Principal Secretary was informed that massive capacity addition works have been taken up well in advance on Fast Track basis and the Transformation Capacities of 160MVA at 220/132KV Level at Grid Station Barn,20MVA at 132/33kV Level at Grid Station Gladni & 20MVA at 132/33kV Level at Grid Station Canal shall be accomplished before the required deadline which will largely address the overloading issue in Jammu district.Likewise the Principal Secretary was further informed that two major transmission Projects at Kathua and Samba with transformation capacity of 320MVA at 220/66KV level are expected to be added by ending March this year and they will alleviate overloading issues at 220KV Grids and improve the reliability and quality of power supply.The Principal Secretary also reviewed the progress on new Transmission Line between Grid Sub Stations Jatwal and Bishnah and commissioning of 132KV Draba- Chandak Transmission Line. He was informed that the projects will be completed by April and May this year respectively.Rohit Kansal directed the concerned officers that while executing these projects, safety and welfare of ground level workers is paramount. He stressed on them that personal and systematic safety should be given importance while carrying out works at these projects.The meeting also held deliberations in respect of medium-term Capacity Addition Transmission Projects taken up at Gladni, Bari-Brahamna-I, Ramban and other areas which are also to be executed on Fast Track basis. The Principal Secretary directed the officers to expedite the pace of works on these projects so that they can be completed within the fixed time frames.Rohit Kansal further impressed upon the officers to monitor the projects on regular basis so that quality of work is maintained and desired results are achieved on the ground.The Principal Secretary also stressed upon the engineers to keep sufficient inventory of spares and equipment available so that in case any eventuality/breakdown the power supply is restored with minimum downtime.Rohit Kansal directed the MDs and CEs toprepare CAPEX Plan for the year 2021-22 so that sufficient funds are provisioned for improvement of infrastructure and timely disposal of public demands regarding augmentation of electrical infrastructure.He also asked them for complete revamping of old infrastructure by following proper bidding process of various obsolete equipments.The Principal Secretary instructed the officers for expanding and digitizing the Current Project Monitoring mechanism of ongoing projects.
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