By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: The Union Power Ministry has directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to complete all pending works under the restructured accelerated power development & reforms program (R-APDRP) maximum by December 2021.
Documents in possession of The Precious Kashmir reveal that J&K UT’s administration was directed to complete all pending works under the centrally -sponsored scheme in power sector by the end of this year.
“All pending works under R-APDRP (in UTs of J&K and Ladakh) must be completed maximum by December-21. Any project going beyond the said timeline may be short-closed,” read minutes of meeting chaired by Union Power Minister on July 30 this year to review different central schemes.
Started in 2008, the R-APDRP is a revised version of the Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (APDRP). APDRP scheme was restructured as a Central Sector Scheme and renamed as R-APDRP.
The scheme is implemented in urban areas- towns and cities- with population of more than 30,000 (10,000 in case of special category states). The focus of the scheme is on actual, demonstrable performance in terms of sustained loss reduction.
In the meeting, J&K UT was also directed to submit utilization certificates of funds earlier released by the Ministry under the scheme.
The Union Power Minister also directed the J&K government to complete all the works under DDUGJY scheme within timelines.
“The representative from UT of J&K informed that ongoing projects Doda and Ramban will be completed within timeline. However, there will be delay in Kishtwar project under XII plan due to some issues in the villages. Hon’ble Minister directed the state to review and set the targets to complete all works within timelines,” read the minutes of meeting.
The DDUGJY scheme was launched by the Government of India for “for rural electrification. Rural Electrification Corporation is the Nodal Agency for implementation of DDUGJY.