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Power report sought

Ranchi, Sept. 14: Chief minister Arjun Munda today asked the energy department to submit a report on the status of transformers across the state within a week, with details of how many were functional, replaced or repaired.

Stressing the need to improve distribution of power, he ordered that the status reports should be posted on public domain everyday and a proper management information system should be in place by November 15.

He categorically said there should be no compromise on the quality of transformers.

Presiding over a review of the department, Munda said Jharkhand State Electricity Board should carry out an extensive survey of the demand-supply gap in villages and strengthen its monitoring system.

It should bring about greater transparency and every information should be updated immediately in the circles, sub-divisions and districts.

He also ordered strict monitoring of rural electrification work, especially projects undertaken by RITES in 74 villages. He enquired about steps taken to improve electricity supplies in Santhal Pargana.

“Your aim should be to ensure regular power supply to every village. Submit the proposal for electrification of 504 villages immediately so that it can be discussed at the next cabinet meeting,” Munda, who holds the energy portfolio, told senior officials.

Participants at the meeting informed the chief minister that power output by Patratu thermal and Sikidiri plants and transmission in Santhal Pargana had improved. The state’s energy policy has been notified and the solar policy would also be ready within two months, they added.

The department also has plans to float tenders in December for setting up hydel power plants that would produce 34MW.

A solar energy park was also ready and preparations to appoint distribution franchisee were on in full swing.

Reviewing the industries department, Munda ordered setting up of an industrial area spread over 10,000 acres in Palamau. Munda also emphasised on agro industries, adding they should be prioritised to boost agriculture.

He also reviewed the road construction and information technology departments, during which he asked for preparation of action plans in tune with provisions of Twelfth Five-Year Plan, besides completing pending work.

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