Kashmir braces for winter, LG Manoj Sinha wants power, water issues to be addressed

Srinagar: Bracing for the freezing cold ahead of the winter, the Lieutenant Government Manoj Sinha has directed the Power Development Department (PDD) to ensure that the people especially living in the winter areas of the valley get adequate supply of electricity.

The LG has also directed the officers to prepare a comprehensive contingency plan in order to meet the winter requirements which witnesses a heavy load.

Sources told news agency KINS that the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to coordinate with various agencies on issues of water and power supply in the winter months.

Sources said that the LG has directed the officers to ensure that the consumers, especially those living in the winter zones get the requisite supply of electricity so that they do not feel any inconvenience especially during the winter season.

Manoj Sinha also asked for maintaining a close liaison with the people at ground to get first-hand information about the problems being faced by them viz-a-viz the power and also hold regular media briefings in order to get the requisite feedback about the remedial measures to be undertaken.

“He asked officials to focus on areas of concern and keep rapid action teams ready and well prepared so as to respond to the damages in emergency situations,” sources said.
The LG also directed for intensifying inspections in all districts to curb the menace of power theft and illegal connections.

Sources said that the top officials have informed the LG about the present status of the power supply and steps being taken to improve and augment the power scenario to ensure adequate power supply to the consumers especially during winters.

Sources said that the LG has also asked them to mobilize staff so that least time gets consumed in the replacement of transformers during the winters and directed for advance dumping of poles and conductors in areas which remain cut off during winters.

Sources said that the government has asked the power development department to identify the vulnerable areas that witness power shutdown during winters so that mobile transformers would be kept at their disposal.

Meanwhile sources told KINS that the LG has said that Deputy Commissioners should adopt a people-friendly approach and ensure time-bound delivery of services.

“You must not forget that civil servants are meant to serve the people. You must treat this opportunity to serve the people as a privilege,” the sources quoting LG said.

Sources said that LG Manoj Sinha has also urged the Deputy Commissioners to explore innovative solutions to problems in their districts, particularly those that they are likely to encounter in the coming winter months.

He also laid emphasis on field visits and instructed the Deputy Commissioners to review such surveys of their officers and take necessary action based on ground reports submitted to them on issues within their districts.(KINS)