Transmission Lines to be upgraded in Tral: Ashraf Mir

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Rs 1 cr per district authorised for HT, LT improvement

           JAMMU: Minister of State for Power, Mohammad Ashraf Mir informed the House that up-gradation of power infrastructure in Tral town has been approved under Re-structured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme and works to the tune of Rs. 5.96 crore are to be executed in the town.

Replying to a question by Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Shah in LA here today, the Minister informed that Constituency is not a unit of development in the Power sector. He said for improvement of HT/LT network in Tral constituency, 28 villages have been covered under Transmission and Distribution Schemes during last two fiscals.

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The Minister further informed that under Constituency Development Scheme installation of PCC/ST Poles for HT/LT improvement in Tral Constituency has been carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 20 lakh, out of which Rs. 13 lakh have been utilized at the places identified by MLA Tral.

The Minister said that Receiving Station Midura (Tikya) has been proposed under Din Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) Scheme which is under formulation. He said Awantipora and Lurgam Receiving Stations are feeding 7 villages besides University Campus and the Airfield. He said 57 Casual Labourers have been engaged during last five years in Tral constituency.

In reply to another question by Mr. Altaf Ahmed Wani, the Minister informed that no circular has been issued, directing the replacement of 25 KVA transformers by 63 KVA transformers across the State. He said the department has initiated an HT/LT improvement scheme during 2013-14 and the said scheme was ongoing during the financial year 2014-15. He said the improvement of HT/LT lines are being carried out under Transmission and Distribution under Constituency Development Fund in a phased manner in non-Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme Towns.

The Minister said the scheme aims to cater to the vulnerable areas on priority, where LT/HT network is in dilapidated condition with an objective to replace the rotten poles, un-serviceable/unauthorized conductors at 11KV and below, unauthorized / substandard line supports, damaged LT cables, Insulators/Guys and damaged earthing of Distribution Sub-Stations. He said an amount of Rs. one crore has been authorized per district during last financial year, which includes Pahalgam constituency.

The Minister said 11 KV VCB Panel Set of Receiving Station Saller, which got damaged stands replaced by new 11 KV VCB (1+3) Panel Set in April 2013. He said there is no Receiving Station at Kehribal, however, the existing 33/11 KV Receiving Station feeding Kehribal area is at Gopalpora which has been augmented recently from 6.3 MVA to 2×6.3 MVA in May 2014.