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House passes grants of Power, H&UD

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Rs 11258 Cr for energy sector; Smart City Proposal for Jammu, Srinagar

Jammu Tawi,  Jan 27:  Government has introduced today several  initiatives for  augmenting  and upgrading the  power sector  which would  be having  a long time  impact  on the distribution  and generation of the power in the state so that the consumers get 24×7 power supply and 100% electrification is ensured.

“We have also undertaken several programmes in the Housing and urban development sector which would be  instrumental in ensuring that the people of the  state get quality  facilities  of modern urban living, these   would also ensure  that the  state  comes up  as  one of the model  states in  the country”, he maintained.

Dr. Singh said in order to reduce AT&C losses, strengthen the sub-transmission distribution network and electrification of un-electrified household schemes like RAPDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY & RGGVY Phase-II and Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) have been undertaken.

Under PMDP thrust is on generation of electricity through small hydro electric projects and Rs 4153 crore has been received for Pakal Dul-state equity and other projects, he said. Similarly an amount of Rs 1263.9 crore has been earmarked under the transmission sector which would ensure that the transmission system of the state gets augmented and the Samba -Amargarh transmission line which would ensure that an additional 1000 MW power is imported in the state. Similarly, - Transmission Line work is also in progress, he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that under PMDP an amount of Rs 220 crore has been earmarked for improving power infrastructure at tourist destinations, Rs 1039 crore for augmentation of distribution infrastructure, Rs 116 crore for improving distribution network for 4 industrial estates, Rs 900 crore for capital cities and an amount of Rs 105 crore for small grids and smart metering.

Dr Singh said in order to clear liabilities in the power sector, the government has with active collaboration of centre implemented UDAY scheme under which Rs 3537.55 crore loan and Rs 3500 crore bonds are in pipeline, which would ensure that liabilities would be cleared by 2017-18 and ensuring a saving of Rs 700 crore per annum on the interest.

He said  the government is also working on opening of Credit (LoC) with J&K Bank for timely payment of the interest which would also a help save of Rs 150 crore per annum.

“PDD has also finalized a fast track metering plan for 100% consumer metering in next 18 months including smart metering for high ended domestic, commercial & industrial consumers which will be rolled out soon with estimated cost of Rs 550 crore including complaint metering. All these measures will reduce the AT&C losses to 15% by FY 2019-20,” he added.

On Revenue Realization (including ED) the Deputy Chief Minister said efforts are on to realize revenue through special drive. He said to check power theft special enforcement squads have been constituted at different levels. He said 35432 inspections have been conducted and Rs 458.56 lakh fine imposed.

He said high AT&C losses are one of the major reasons of low recovery. He said in order to tide over AT&C losses flagship programmes like R-APDRP, DDUGJY, IPDS, PMDP have been introduced to bring down AT&C losses to 15% by 2019-20. He said the department has initiated a comprehensive fast-track metering plan in next 18 months including smart metering for high ended consumers, commercial and industrial consumers with estimated cost of Rs 550 crore including complaint metering to be rolled out soon.

The Deputy Chief Minister said Amnesty Scheme announced in August 2015 for domestic consumers includes 100% surcharge waiver and it was extended up to December 2016. Under the scheme 53504 consumers availed benefit and an amount of Rs 35.82 crore surcharge was waived off, he added.

In order to maintain  a buffer stock of transformers  in the central workshop  an amount of Rs 4.706 crore and Rs 6.00 crore were released to Chief Engineers, EM&RE  of both the divisions during 2015 and an amount of  Rs 3 crore each  has also been  released under Capex .

The Deputy Chie Minister said in order to strengthen and augment HT/LT network an amount of Rs 87 crore has been released for every constituency.

In order to strengthen the sub-transmission and distribution network and infrastructure in semi-urban areas, the Deputy Chief Minister said an amount of Rs. 444.50 crore has been sanctioned under integrated power development scheme for 86 towns which are not covered under RAPDRP.  He said the works have been tendered and are proposed to be executed during the   financial year 2017-18 and Power Finance Corporation has been designated as Nodal Agency.

The Deputy Chief Minister said under Prime Minister's Development Programme an amount of Rs 1144.59 crore has been sanctioned   with an objective of covering the left out works of RAPDRP.

Dr Singh said in order to create infrastructure in power distribution system for strengthening   and electrification of un-electrified households in rural areas an amount of Rs 619.67 crore has been sanctioned for 21 districts under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti  Yojna (DDUGJY). Similarly an amount of Rs 2570.14 crore has been sanctioned under PMDP for strengthening distribution network in rural areas to cover the left out works of DDUGJY

“DPRs amounting to Rs 118.59 crore have been approved under transmission components in PMDP for improving the power system in the State and the sanctioned works have been tendered along with the works of DDUGJY and IPDS”.

The Deputy Chief Minister said in order to ensure ex-gratia relief to the departmental and non-departmental employees killed or grievously incapacitated due to electrocution incidents, the government would be granting an ex-gratia relief of Rs 3 lakh in case of death, Rs 1 lakh for total disability and Rs 30,000 for partial disability.

While referring to the steps taken for regularization of the casual and need based workers, the Deputy Chief Minister said that vide government order no. 65-F of 2016 dated 3.3.2016, a committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary has been constituted to frame an appropriate policy for undertaking their regularization.

While referring to the un-scheduled power cuts, He said that there is a huge gap of 582 MW between the peak demand and peak availability which is also due to the fact that only 16 lakh consumers are registered with PDD whereas 28 lakh are registered with the CA&PD department.

Deputy Chief Minister said 2nd draft of Smart City Proposals (SCPs) in respect of both the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar have been prepared and is under improvement in consultation with stakeholders. The same  shall be submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI for Smart City Challenge-II (Round III) in February 2017 i.e. well before the last date  which is end of March,2017, he added.

Nirmal said  that 5 cities viz Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Leh & Kargil have been selected for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) with an objective of revamping Drainage, Sewerage & Septage Management, Improvement of Water Supply, Urban Transport system, Development of Parks/Green Spaces. He said the total allocation under AMRUT is Rs 593.05 crore for 5 years (2015-2020) and 59 projects stand sanctioned whereas DPRs for 41 has been prepared. “Contracts amounting to Rs. 120 crore have been awarded against 12 projects and funds to the tune of 27 crore have been released in favour of implementing agencies for execution of these works,” he maintained.

Referring to the Swacch Bharat Mission, the Dy CM said the estimated cost of the mission for the state is Rs 620.68 crore which would be used for ensuring construction of individual household toilets, community toilets, public toilets, solid waste management, IEC and capacity building measures.  He said that we contemplate to construct 94091 individual household toilets, 2078 community toilets and ensuring Open Deification Free (ODF) towns and cities.  He said steps are being taken to get 21 towns viz; Arnia, Jourian, Thatri, Katra, Surankote, Billawar, Ramnagar, Ramban, Sunderbani, Achabal, Pahalgam, Qazigund, Devsar, Awantipora, Magam, Khansahib, Gulmarg/Tangmarg, Uri, Langate, Kargil and Samba declared as ODF by March 2017. “During 2017, 04 AMRUT cities/towns viz. Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag & Kargil have also been proposed to be declared ODF whereas 36 wards have been declared as ODF by JMC and Leh town has also been declared as ODF in 2016”, he  added.

While referring to the initiatives taken  Solid Waste Management, Dr Singh said 19 clusters, including Kargil have been formed for the scientific disposal of solid waste covering all the urban towns and two capital cities of the State. Land has been identified for all the clusters except Banihal cluster, where the matter has been taken up with the district administration. For 16 clusters, DPRs have been prepared for an estimated cost of Rs 419.54 crore and the same has been sent for appraisal, he added.

An amount of Rs 163 crore is earmarked in Prime Minister's Development Fund (PMDP) for catering to the projects of JnNURM and accordingly the Department has   submitted the details of 18 incomplete projects to the GoI with the request to release balance amount of Rs 267.16 crore for their completion.  9 projects were agreed in principle by GoI for provision of balance central share which include 2 Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) Projects of JnNURM  viz. Sewerage Scheme of Greater Srinagar & Solid Waste Management project for Srinagar, 3 Urban Infrastructure Development Schemes for Small & Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) viz. Road Project of Doda, Ganderbal and  Urban Renewal Project of Sunderbani and 4 UIDSSMT Projects of Leh.  He said after submitting the requisite UCs and other relevant documents Govt. of India, Ministry of Urban Development recently released the central assistance of Rs 92.795 crore for these projects.

While referring to the  Governments initiatives  for  addressing the  housing requirements of the economically weaker sections of the society in urban areas, the Deputy Chief Minister said 5 towns have been selected under the scheme covering  121671 beneficiaries in the Phase-I.  He said an estimated plan proposed under the mission of housing for all (HFA) for 2016 to 2022 has been worked out at Rs 6081.44 crore which would also include the share of private partners.

“Government of India has approved  6 projects for 4 towns  viz. Baramulla, Anantnag, Udhampur, and Kathua with 480 beneficiaries / Economically Weaker  Sections (EWS) under beneficiary individual led house construction component and consequently an amount of  Rs 134 lakh has been released for Baramulla and Udhampur covering  224 EWS,” he said  and maintained  that detailed project report for 37 new project has been prepared and approved  and shall be submitted to Union Ministry of  Housing and Urban, Poverty Alleviation.

Later, the House passed the grants of Power, Housing and Urban Departments, for the year 2017-18, which were moved by the Deputy Chief Minister, amounting to Rs 1652133.41 lakh and 168004.91 lakh respectively with voice vote.

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