Jammu and Kashmir to bear over Rs 2000 cr loss on supply of electricity

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Srinagar, Nov 21: Jammu and Kashmir has to bear loss of over Rs 2000 crore in the supply of electricity to consumers in the state per annum.
Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a grid station in south Kashmir district of Anantnag today, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in Correlating availability of electricity with the payment of tariff, the government has to bear loss of over Rs 2,000 crore in the supply of electricity to the consumers in the state per annum.
This grim scenario largely affects the development and puts hurdles in the process of generating employment for youth, he said and asked the people to cooperate with the Government by making timely payments of tariff and shunning the illegal use of electricity.
Mr Abdullah said his government has launched various mega, medium and small projects in power sector to generate over 4000 MWs of additional power in the state and help the growth and development of all sectors in the state.
The Chief Minister said construction of new grid station at Nipora, Mir Bazar was long cherished demand of the people of South Kashmir and its commissioning has fulfilled their desire.
He said it would help in a big way to streamline the transmission and distribution of power in the Valley in general and in South Kashmir in particular.
The Chief Minister earlier inaugurated Rs 71.33 crore Grid Station at Nipora, Mir Bazar in South Kashmir.
The project which is third of its kind in the Valley would help augment and streamline the power transmission besides ensuring improvement in the voltage.
The project will also complete the ring of 220 KV lines from Alstaing to Mir Bazar and Wagura to Mir Bazar in the Valley.
It will also strengthen the existing grid stations at Pampore and Zainakote.
The Mir Bazar 220/132 KV Grid Station of 320 MVA capacity is likely to augment power supply in South Kashmir benefiting a population of 15 lakhs in Anantnag and Kulgam districts.

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