54 villages to be electrified by solar power
Chief Secretary BB Vyas on Saturday chaired a meeting here to finalise arrangements for the electrification of 54 left-out villages in five districts through “off-grid mode” — with solar power packs.
The meeting was called following the Union Cabinet Secretary on March 1 reviewing the status of implementation of the centre’s rural electrification programme with chief secretaries of various states including of Jammu & Kashmir.
Commissioner/Secretary PDD, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, MD JKSPDC and senior officers attended the meeting. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and DCs of Kishtwar, Leh, Kargil, Bandipora, Kupwara and Udhampur attended the meeting via video conferencing.
Detailed action plan for the dispatch of solar power units/material to the five districts of Kishtwar, Leh, Kargil, Bandipora and Kupwara through air sorties and surface transport was finalised in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary asked the Divisional and the District Administration to provide all necessary support to the Power Development Department in facilitating/coordinating the implementation of the entire project.
Out of the 18,452 villages identified in the country for electrification in 2015, only 910 villages remain to be electrified, including 70 in Jammu and Kashmir. These 70 remaining villages have been targeted for electrification by April, 2018, including 54 through the off-grid mode.