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Kansal reviews power situation at Kupwara and Baramulla

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Augmentation of Delina Grid to be completed by Jan 3: 160 MVA capacity to be added; 10.5 MW  Hydro Project to come up at Mohra

Kupwara: In a review meeting chaired by Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary to Government, Power Development Department today, it was decided that the augmentation of the capacity of grid station at Delina Baramulla will be completed within this month.

With this augmentation, the capacity of Delina Grid Station would double from existing 160 MVA to 320 MVA. This in turn will significantly enhance the power supply position to Baramulla and Kupwara districts and bring relief to the people of the twin districts, an official communiqué issued after the meeting said.

It said that later in the day, the Principal Secretary visited the Grid Station, Delina and took stock of 160 MV augmentation project. He complimented the engineers and staff for the efforts and exhorted them to complete the work by Dec 31, 2020.

In another significant decision, it was decided that 10.5 MW small hydro electric project would be constructed at Mohra, Baramulla. Secretary PDD said that Mohra HEP shall be taken up for construction by J&K Power Development Corporation  and the work is expected to be allotted as early as March 2021, said the communiqué.

Mohra Power House bears great significance from heritage point of view as it was the first hydroelectric project set up in J&K in the year 1905.  The hydro-electric project would not only generate electricity but also revive and rekindle the old memories of the heritage Mohra Power House.

Earlier in the day, the Principal Secretary to Government, also reviewed in detail the power scenario of two remote districts of Kupwara and Baramulla and issued directions to the engineering staff to streamline the power system and remove the difficulties by taking additional measures.

The official communiqué said that Kansal called upon all the officers to ensure that there is proper and swift  mechanism in place for replacement and repair of damaged transformers and that damaged transformers are replaced immediately from the buffer stock kept available in all districts.

He also emphasized that the damaged transformers must be repaired at the designated departmental workshops in the quickest time possible. Instructions were given for quick transportation of damaged transformers from Districts to work shops twice a week to replenish the buffer stock and improve the turn- around and repair time of transformers. In order to improve the schedule of repair of damaged transformers, he also sanctioned two trunk-mounted cranes one each for Kupwara and Sopore.

Principal Secretary also gave directions to augment the capacity of District level workshops so that 400KVA transformers are also repaired without referral to the Central workshop, said the communiqué, adding, he also stated that the overall objective of the department is to minimize the power outages during winters so that the people do  not face inconvenience.

He asked the engineers to complete all ongoing projects under languishing projects head by Feb 15, 2020. He also directed that the projects under DDUGJY and PMDP Urban must be completed by end of March 2021 in all towns and immediately handed over to the distribution corporation for installation of meters in these towns to achieve the target of 100% metering.

Later Kansal inspected the ongoing construction of 33/11 KV Galizo Kupwara, Sub Station being constructed under IPDS/PMDP Project.

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