Central government and J&K administration together are working to make the power scenario better in Jammu and Kashmir. For the coming winter months in Kashmir valley J&K administration has geared up so that people can get respite in the inclement weather conditions.
Recently Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir reviewed the power sector and directed for speedy completion of Kishtwar-Khellani power line.
He was informed that Smart metering in Jammu-Srinagar to be done by March 2023.
He informed about the status of 1.15 lakh smart meters being installed in Jammu and Srinagar cities in addition to the additional 6 lakh meters to be installed subsequently.
It was informed that 91% of the installed smart meters are already communicating and more than 64 thousand of those meters have been billed by June 2022
He said that J&K is being given utmost priority in installation of smart meters and stressed that all these 7 lakh meters must be installed and be made operational by March 2023. He also called for repairing dysfunctional meters putting an end to the flat-rate system of billing by the department.
Strict directions were passed by the Chief Secretary for completion of Kishtwar-Khellani power line to ensure robust power supply to district Kishtwar. He called for planning in terms of power procurement and management in view of the upcoming winter season to ensure quality power supply to the consumers and suggested hiring consultants in this regard as well.