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PDD's revenue in J&K doesn't shoot up despite installing metres

The first economic report in the state says that in 2002-03 the returns to PDD are Rs 323 crore and despite metering and stricter checks imposed by the government.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 16:45 IST

Despite installing electronic and digital metres in residential colonies and business establishments, returns to the Power Development Department have not increased substantially.

Former Finance Minister and leader of opposition Abdul Rahim Rather quoting the first Economic Survey report in the state, which was released by Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra, said in 2002-03 the returns to PDD were Rs 323 crore and despite metering and stricter checks imposed by the government, the revenue collection of the department had increased only upto Rs 3.84 crore.

On the contrary, Rather said, the purchase of power by the state during the same period had increased more than double from Rs 802 crore to a whopping Rs 1,636 crore.

Though the power consumption of Jammu and Kashmir is only 0.9 per cent of the entire country, the state's power purchase of Rs 1,636 crore has become detrimental for the state's economy.

The state, which is presently utilisng 1481 MW of power, produces only a mediocre 311 MW from its own power projects while the power projects of the Centre supply it a huge 1170 MW of power.

About the Transmission Distribution Loss, Rather said it was a shame that the state puts its figures at 47 per cent despite PDD having acquired sophisticated technology for cutting on the TDL.

Narrating his own experience as the Finance Minister of the state, Rather said, "When I represented the state in the Planning Commission's meeting I saw the Finance Minister from Assam unable to state figures of 22 per cent TDL. Then realise how I would have put the shameful figures of 47 per cent to them.

Today despite years of efforts the state government has failed to get those figures down even marginally."

For generating more power from the state own power projects, the coalition government had expressed that while the construction on the macro hydro projects takes years for completion, micro hydro projects be the order of the day. However, these micro power projects too have not helped produce substantial electricity as most of them are still
under construction.

The revenue collection of the PDD till Nov 2005 last financial year had been Rs 203 crore. This financial year till November it has gone down to Rs. 172 crore.

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) MLA Harsh Dev Singh said that Rs 709 crore had been earmarked for electrification of all un-electrified villages under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan but not a single penny had been spent despite a lapse of three years.

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First Published: Jan 30, 2007 16:45 IST