STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir administration is installing 1.5 lakh smart metres, 80,000 in Jammu Division and 35,000 in the Kashmir Valley, from July this year. “10,000 meters have already been procured for being installed in the rural areas of the Union Territory”, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Rohit Kansal said on Wednesday while reviewing the modalities for implementation of smart metre installation project and execution of Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) for IT infrastructure created under R-APDRP Part-A, here at a meeting. Kansal, who is also Chairman of Jammu/Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited also reviewed the overall functioning of JPDCL and KPDCL. Threadbare discussions were held on the preliminary work being done for Smart Metering and other issues. The meeting decided that the implementation of smart metering (installation of 1.15 Lakh smart meters) would be started from July, 2020 and the hardware along with software solution for it would be provided by REC PDCL. The meeting was informed that the AMC of the existing Data and Data Recovery Centre has expired and re-tendering of same will be done by the Chief Engineer Distribution KPDCL. Rohit Kansal directed the concerned officers to accelerate the ground work for installation of meters in Jammu as well as Kashmir Division for the time bound completion of the project. The Principal Secretary also stressed on to focus on strengthening of IT Cell of both the Divisions for prompt disposal of the public complaints regarding power supply, electricity bills and other issues in both the divisions. The meeting, among others, was attended by Managing Director, JPDCL, Yasha Mudgal; Special Secretary, PDD, Ravinder Sadhu; Chief Engineer, JPDCL, Gurmeet Singh; Chief Engineer Projects, JPDCL, Manhar Gupta; Chief Manager, PGCIL, Syed Alamdar; State Coordinator REC PDCL, Sanjeev Kailnoo; Executive Director, Power GRID, Rakesh Kumar, XEN, IT&C JPDCL, Neel Kanwal Singh and other concerned senior officers. Managing Director KPDCL, Mohammd Aijaz Asad; Director Finance PDD, Chief Engineer KPDCL, Secretary Technical PDD, Executive Engineer IT Audit & Vigilance, Division Kashmir attended the meeting through video conferencing.
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