After introducing amnesty power scheme in Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh visited Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project in Ramban district to review ongoing work there.
Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation is set to commission the 450-MW Baglihar-II hydro-power project by end of this year.
Dr Singh, who is also the Power Minister, today visited Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project Phase II at Chanderkote in Ramba district, an official spokesman said.
Dr Singh called for time bound competition of the project.
He expressed satisfaction upon the ongoing work and discussed various technicalities and technologies being used in construction of BHEP phase II.
He also interacted with the engineers of different disciplines working on the project besides appreciating their dedication.
The Deputy CM said that government is committed to provide uninterrupted and affordable power supply to every household of the state.
He expressed concern over low revenue collection and huge power losses and directed all the officers concerned to take concrete steps to increase power revenue collection and liquidate the power losses.
He also directed all Superintendent Engineers (SEs) to submit their vision paper for improving power supply scenario of the state.
The Baglihar project phase-IInd coming up at cost of Rs 3113.29 crore would annually generate energy worth Rs 1000 to 1100 crore.Successful execution of Baglihar-II by the PDC, like first stage of the project, would give a fillip to power scenario in J&K.
A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Srinagar on Friday had approved “rationalization of the electricity duty by reducing the existing rate of 22 percent to 10 in respect of all consumers from the date of notification.”
The Cabinet had also decided to waive off 100 percent surcharge on outstanding power bills as on August 1, if the consumer makes the outstanding payment by or before March 31, 2016 in maximum of four equal instalments.