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Jammu Kashmir Government plans to privatise power distribution

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Omar AbdullahCongress - National conference coalition Government announced electricity development plan, which includes privatisation of power distribution even though Indian Electricity Act-2003 is not applicable to the state. Elaborating the plan, Principal Secretary Power, B R Sharma told newsmen the metering has failed to stop power thefts and revenue increase. He said government will privatize the power distribution system.Stating that new energy conservation Act is also in the offing, he said, “We have a new legislative framework on the agenda. The State’s Electricity Act is outdated and the new Act is ready. It may either come through Ordinance or will be introduced in the forthcoming Assembly session”.

He said the State has purchased energy worth Rs 1117.382 crores while revenue of Rs 127.66 crores could only be realized so far during the current year. “An average domestic consumer consumed 540 units of energy amounting to Rs 1350 a month but revenue of Rs 93 has only been realized from the consumer,” he said.“There is a loss of approximately 65.90 percent revenue from such areas keeping in view the energy they consumed. Energy worth Rs 223.47 crores was used by these areas while 76 crores could only be generated from these localities,” he said.

Sharma disclosed that inspection squads will be sent to the metered areas to check power pilferage and the main target will be the people living in expensive houses. “The chief minister Omar Abdullah is of the view that some people within the PDD are conniving in the pilferage. We will equip our inspection squads with all the facilities and incentives will be given to the officers, who deliver. A campaign will be launched to educate people to use energy judiciously. CFL lights will replace all government installations using incandescent lamps,” he said.
He said that it has been now made mandatory for all government, semi-government offices to use power savers and avoid any heating gadgets by misusing the electricity.

Well placed sources in Power Development Department said the chief minister Omar Abdullah has taken strong cognizance of the news report, ‘PDD fails to check power thefts’, published in this newspaper on November 17 . Omar, according to sources, called up the top officials of the department and asked them to ensure that no misuse of energy takes places. “They were also told to increase the revenue realization. The CM also directed the officials to ensure convincing power supply to the consumers,’ the source added.    

Sharma said majority of the people are against power theft but now the time has come for taking decisive measures to check the power pilferage. He displayed pictures where big house owners have been found committing power theft. Truck brake shoes are being converted into boilers by connecting double-phase power supply to them. “Even some hamams have been constructed where instead of wood double-phase power is used. Due to these unscrupulous consumers and non-payment of power dues, ability of the department to supply un-interrupted power supply to metered areas and as per schedule to non-metered areas gets affected,” he said and urged people to cooperate as we have got to supply power to genuine consumers without overloading the system.

Sharma said the power consumption has increased by 21 percent since November 1 to 17 than the corresponding period of the previous year. “2301.45 lakh units (Lus) were consumed in the first 17 days of the November last year whileas 2785.73 Lus were consumed during the same period this year.”

He said the PDD has 15435 transformers in its distribution system, out of which 3789 were damaged during the year and 3659 repaired.  “At the instance of the chief minister a transformer bank of 150 numbers has been created. The capacity of transformers installed to the agreemented load is in the ratio of 8:1 but inspite of that transformers get damaged due to overload, which is clear proof of the fact that some unscrupulous consumers are illegally using power supply and creating inconvenience to genuine consumers.”

Stating that under the centrally sponsored programme new transformers and distribution lines were laid, Sharma said, “Rs 850 crores were spent under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme. Our capacity and reach has stretched to rural areas but the revenue does not match with this reach. A new restructured scheme with strict terms is coming very soon”.

Source - Risingkashmir

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