‘Hydro power potential vital for development of AJK’

Prime minister seeks feasibility reports on Khurshidabad power project, transmission line from Minhasa to Bagh.

MIRPUR (AJK): Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwarul Haq said taking full advantage of the hydro-power potential of the area was imperative for socioeconomic uplift of the people of Azad Jammu Kashmir.

He said this while speaking at a meeting of the Energy and Water Resources Department held at Jammu Kashmir House on Sunday.

Stressing the need for an uninterrupted supply of electricity across the state, the PM said that along with repair and maintenance of the feeders there was an urgent need to improve the power distribution system.

He also sought feasibility reports regarding Khurshidabad Power Project, Transmission Line from Minhasa to Bagh and Transmission Line from Rampura to Barora.He directed the concerned authorities to prepare a feasibility report on whether the Mang area should be linked to Rawalakot or Palindri.

He said Betaar Power Project should be upgraded for the comfort of the people of Haveli. He said that PDO must ensure better maintenance of its projects so that citizens do not face any difficulties. Anwaar emphasized the need to adopt a better strategy regarding Jagran 1, 2, 3, 4.The Prime Minister also stressed maintenance of community development projects and local power houses in Neelum, Haveli and Jhelum Valley.

He said that the demands/needs of commercial, industrial and domestic users should be taken into account and the billing system should be made transparent so that there was no inconvenience to the public.

The Prime Minister also sought decentralization of the M&D department to reduce the workload. He said that the three Chief Engineers have a heavy responsibility to bring out-of-the-box solutions to provide convenience to the people. He said that the department should satisfy its seven and a half lakh customers through its best service.

Earlier, Secretary of Energy and Water Resources AJK govt. Chaudhry Muhammad Tayyab gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister regarding the electricity distribution system in Azad Kashmir.

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