Distributive policy

Political paralysis and inefficiency wrest ‘power’ from Kishtwar and Gurez

They said, “JKPDD has decided to build a 400/132 KV substation at Kishtwar in TBCB mode, which will be fed from the existing 400kV Dulhasti Kishenpur line and will supply current and future load in the area.”

The sources said the power storyline also generated questions about central public sector companies as “project management agencies”.

An official referring to JPDCL and KPDCL in Jammu, Kashmir cited complete incompetence in the management of the restructured Accelerated Energy Development and Reforms Program (RAPDRP) which was sanctioned in 2011 at an estimated cost of Rs 1648 Cr.

“It was a reform program to contain AT&C losses. In the past 11 years, they could only spend Rs 929 Cr under the supervision of PMAs; Feedback Infra in Kashmir and Louis Berger in Jammu CPSUs were not contracted as PIAs for this program The expense accounted for was less than Rs 90 Cr per annum Due to the failure of DISCOMS to complete the program on time, they lost thousands of crores every year due to AT&C huge losses.Given past track record in delivering the project, it is impossible to expect them to manage and deliver Rs.2800 Cr projects in every division within a limited time frame” , the official said.