SRINAGAR: Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla today chaired a high-level meeting with Chief Secretaries of Union Territories to review progress on privatization of water distribution electricity and smart meters in UTs.
Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta attended the meeting on behalf of the UT Government.
Initially, a detailed presentation was made by the Ministry of Energy showing the progress and status of the privatization of electricity distribution and the installation of smart meters in UTs.
He was informed that 63,844 smart meters have been installed in J&K’s UT and the target of 1.15 lakh meters will be achieved by July as the instillation process has been accelerated in UT.
During the meeting, it was also informed that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for six lakh meters was released on January 1, 2022 which will be finalized soon. Likewise, the project proposal for the remaining 14.95 lakh meters as per the guidelines of the New Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) is being formulated, the meeting informed.
On the way forward, Dr. Mehta informed that as part of Phase I, a report has been prepared highlighting notices which include HR policy and compendium of employee handbook, working hours peak and unrestricted energy demand forecasts as well as estimated capital expenditure needs, in addition to opening the balance sheet. two DISCOM sheet, sharing of common resources between Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and statutory compliance and options for the future along with the pros and cons of each option. It was also informed that Stage II will be undertaken after the completion of Stage I.
The Union Home Secretary expressed his satisfaction that the UT administration is giving full support to the implementing agencies for the timely completion of program milestones and has assured the full cooperation of the government. of the Union to ensure that prepaid metering will be pursued in a targeted manner.