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JAMMU — The Administrative Council (AC) under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha sanctioned pivotal projects, covering the energy and judicial sectors, during its recent meeting in Jammu.

JKPTCL empowered for critical transmission projects

The AC granted authorization to the Board of Directors (BoD) of Jammu & Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (JKPTCL) to undertake Critical Intra-State Transmission Projects worth Rs 1190 crores through the Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) route in the UT.

These projects, recommended by the Union Power Ministry, include the construction of a Grid Station at Bhagthali, Kathua, at an estimated cost of Rs 99.20 crores. Additionally, the laying of Downstream Transmission Network from the upcoming 400/220 kV Grid Sub-station Siot, Rajouri, and the construction of Grid Sub-Stations at Wahipora and Sallar, Kashmir, were approved with estimated costs of Rs 790 crores and Rs 300 crores, respectively.

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The Finance Department advised utilizing Project Management Consultancy (PMC) for two of the projects and executing one project using the TBCB model.

AC also authorized JKPTCL to engage Power Finance Corporation Consulting Limited (PFCCL) or any other CPSU authorized by the Ministry of Power as the Bid Process Coordinator (BPC) for these transmission projects through the TBCB route.

High-tech upgrade for J&K High Court ICT Setup & Video Conferencing

The AC approved the revamping of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Setup & Video Conferencing Project of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir at an estimated cost of Rs 61.78 crores.

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With the legal landscape experiencing a shift towards virtual proceedings, the project includes Hybrid Courtrooms, Connected Courts, Next Generation Network, Connectivity, and Audio Setup. The objective is to modernize the justice system, ensuring both in-person and online aspects of court communications.

The project aligns with the e-Court Mission Mode Project-II, and the High Court may consider reimbursement under the scheme.

The initiative aims to provide speedy justice to the litigants of the UT at a lower cost, embracing the benefits of digital transformation.

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