Govt to spend Rs821 cr for upgrading power facilities in state

Jammu, Feb 8 (PTI) To improve power supply in Jammu andKashmir, the state government is spending Rs 821.62 crores forupgradation of power facilities under Rajiv Gandhi GrameenVidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the state.

"A whooping amount of Rs 821.62 crores is being expendedfor upgradation of power facilities under RGGVY in Jammu andKashmir", Minister of state for Power Shabir Khan said whileinaugurating 6.3 MVA receiving station at Ratnuchak in Sambatoday.

"Under the programme all un-electrified villages andhamlets of the state are being provided electricity facility",he said.

Khan said that so far over Rs 500 crore were spentcovering 350 villages and hamlets, while 26,313 BPL householdshad been provided free of cost electric connections under thescheme.

The Minister said that Rs 35.46 crore are being expendedfor development of power infrastructure in erstwhile Jammudistrict under RGGVY.

He added that so far Rs 21.36 crore has been spent onlaying of 418 kms of high and low transmission lines, besidesinstalling 624 new transformers and providing powerconnections to 6,314 BPL households.

Khan said that the government is endeavouring to improveover all power scenario in t he state, adding thatimplementation of various centre and state power reformsschemes are under way in the state. (More) PTI AB DK

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