Self-reliance on power important for state economy
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said his government is striving to meet the demand of power by taking necessary steps for generation and distribution of electricity.
Calling power as a ‘jugular vein of economy,’ he said the holistic and integrated development of the state and the economic betterment of people is dependent on self-reliance in power generation.
While government has launched ambitious power generation projects to harness 4000 to 5000 MWs of electricity in next 6 years, a Rs1,900 crore upgradation and reformative project for distribution and transmission of electricity is under execution, said Omar.
Omar said the construction of 28 grid stations, 45 new transmission circuits and other hi-tech initiatives are part of this programme. The Chief Minister said it is difficult for state government to carry on fast track development when it has to bear an annual loss of Rs 2,000 crore on the supply of electricity.
He said the third party monitoring, initiated by the government, of infrastructure being raised under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana would bring transparency and remove bottlenecks in timely completion of projects.