DC assesses power supply scenario on outskirts of Kishtwar Town post charging of 132 KV Ramban-Khellani Line

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KISHTWAR: Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Devansh Yadav today led a comprehensive inspection to evaluate the power supply scenario on the outskirts of Kishtwar town after recent infrastructure upgrades -(Successful Charging) of the 132 KV Ramban-Khellani-Kishtwar line upto Khellani.

Accompanied by DIO Kishtwar, Dr. Kuldeep Kumar, AEE PDD, Sudheer Sharma, and other officials from the Power Development Department (PDD), the DC embarked on a thorough examination of power supply to assess the adequacy and reliability of the distribution network.

Pertinent to mention here that earlier the Twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar were  relying on the 132KV DPS line constructed in 1987 for power supply. Initiated in 2007, the construction of the 132KV DC Ramban-Khellani-Kishtwar line faced various challenges, leading to delays and non-commissioning.

However, with persistent efforts and budgetary support from the UT administration, the line was successfully made functional up to Khellani by PGCIL & JKPTCL on January 31, 2024, after a hiatus of over 17 years.

This significant development bolsters substantial improvements in power supply for the residents of District Kishtwar.

As a result of a remarkable increase from the previous allocation of 33 MW to a total of 45 MW for the district Kishtwar, the urban areas of Kishtwar are now receiving more than 20 hours of power supply, while rural areas benefit from 18 hours.

During the ground assessment of the impact, DC Kishtwar directly engaged with local residents of the outskirt areas like Sarkoot, Hatta, Poochal, Kundali, Cherhar areas by door-to-door visits, holding discussions to understand their experiences and concerns regarding the power supply.

DC Kishtwar inquired with the locals about the power supply and he was apprised that power received as of now is 18-20 hours per day rather than the previous 10-12 hours per day, as a result of the concurrent availability of an additional 10-12MW to the district through the 132KV Dul Hasti line.

The visit by the DC to the outskirts of Kishtwar town marks a significant milestone in ensuring the improving power supply infrastructure and enhanced quality of life for residents.

The successful charging of the 132KV Ramban-Khellani-Kishtwar line has brought immense relief to District Kishtwar, marking a pivotal moment in addressing longstanding power challenges. Gratitude resonates across the community towards PGCIL, JKPTCL, and the UT administration, especially Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha.

Urban and rural areas alike are experiencing significant enhancements, bringing joy and convenience to households, students, and residents.

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