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Face to Face with Dy CM / Govt committed to improve power scenario in the Border areas: Dr Nirmal Singh

The government has spent Rs 17.53 crore on power infrastructure under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in two years.
This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, during his exclusive interaction with the Young Bites.
Here are the main points of his interaction.
Vijay Gupta
VG: Despite your efforts, power scenario in border areas is not satisfactory, why?
NS: The government has spent Rs 17.53 crore on power infrastructure under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in two years. Rs 46.00 lakh BADP works were completed in the District Samba during the year 2015-16 and 2016-17, while Rs 2.71 crore was allotted for the year 2017- 18, of which Rs 2.15 crore were spent till ending December 2017.
The funds were spent on augmentation of seven 11/0.4 KV Sub-Stations along with HT/LT network. Apart this, RAPDRP Part-B is also under execution in Samba District to improve and upgrade power infrastructure.
The capacity of the 66/11 KV Receiving Station, Thalote and Rahiyan has been augmented from 5 MVA to 10 MVA each.
Meanwhile, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) amounting to Rs.27. lakh has been formulated for Revamping/Improvement of 1x3.15 MVA, 33/11 KV Receiving Station Mandal Block has been prepared. The work shall be taken up as and when the funds are provided.
VG: Unscheduled power cuts and repairs of damaged transformers are still a big issue, why?
NS: To put an end of the unscheduled power cuts, the government has taken up augmentation work of five Receiving Stations viz., 10 MVA Wusan, 6.3 MVA Manigam, 10 MVA Kangan, 5 MVA Surfarraw and 3.15 MVA Gagangeer feeding power supply to Kangan Constituency. The upgradation of these installations would significantly improve power supply to the area.
The augmentation works under various centrally sponsored schemes entail upgrading of Receiving Station 10 MVA Wusan to 10+6.3 MVA, 6.3 MVA Manigam to 2x6.3 MVA, 10 MVA Kangan to 10+6.3 MVA, 5 MVA Surfarraw to 5+6.3 MVA and 3.15 MVA Gagangeer to 6.3 MVA.
259 distribution transformers were damaged during the current FY 2017-18 in the constituency, of which 253 have been repaired and reinstalled at their sites while as 6 are under repairs.
VG: Regular power supply for the people living in Kargil area is still a dream, when they will get regular power supply?
NS: To provide more power supply for the people living in the Kargil areas, a detailed DPR has been prepared to segregate 11KV feeders from 1X6.3 MVA Minji in Gramthang of Kargil.
A DPR amounting to Rs 42.44 lakh has been prepared for segregation of 11kV feeders from 1x6.3 MVA Minji (Gramthang) receiving station to Trespone, Trambis and Kanoor villages of Kargil to improve the power supply to these areas besides minimizing the interruption level to permissible limit.
The DPR has been submitted by Chief Engineer, EM&RE Wing Ladakh and is being processed for Techno Economic Clearance (TEC). The works on this project including release of funds shall be expedited and the work will be taken up on priority.
We are hopeful that the shortage of power in Kargil sector should be improved to much extent and people shall receive regular power supply.

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