The Government of Jammu and Kashmir with the help of liberal central funding has tried to bring the power sector out of the past mess. Recently the Chief Secretary has directed the power department to go for the planning of power procurement and management during the winter season in Kashmir valley.
He directed that feeders with the highest power losses must be identified and the officials responsible must be held accountable.
He advised to follow a schedule for maintenance of transformers to minimise their breakdowns and to bring down the damage rate to below 10 percent.
He underlined that payment of dues is mandatory to ensure uninterrupted quality power supply and called for starting a campaign for payment of pending dues by the consumers.
He called for giving special attention to demand-side management of power supply and for conducting an independent audit of power procurements. He compared the difference in between Average Cost of Supply (ACS) per unit of power in comparison to Average Revenue Realised (ARR) and instructed that the losses be brought down to minimum.
He was apprised about inspection drives being undertaken by the power department and he reviewed the online billing mechanism being adopted by the department. He stressed that the consumers be provided alerts of SMS upon bill generation. The Chief Secretary was informed that all departmental services have shifted to online mode.