As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrating 75 years of India’s Independence, the District Administration Budgam along with Ministry of Power in association with NHPC and KPDCL today organized a ‘Bijli Mahotsav’ at village Rinzabal in Budgam.The Bijli Mahotsav is being celebrated as a platform for the collaboration between the UT and the Central Government to highlight key achievements in the power sector.
The event witnessed huge gathering of people from different walks of life where some key achievement including 169 GW of generation capacity added, transforming our country from power deficit to power surplus, 1.6 lakh ckm of transmission lines added, connecting entire country into one grid running on one frequency, emerging as largest integrated grid in the world, achievement of 100% village electrification (18,374) in 2018 and 100% household electrification (2.86 Cr), Rs 2.02 Lakh Cr outlay for system strengthening which has increased power supply in rural increased from 12 hours in 2015 to average 22.5 hours at present and fastest-growing RE capacity - doubled from ~76 GW in 2014 to ~160 GW now; achieved 40% RE Gen. capacity mix in 2021 and stands 4th globally were highlighted.
The Bijli Mahotsav programmes are being celebrated all over the country under the umbrella of Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047 for more public participation and getting across the developments in the power sector to the citizens at large.Chairman District Development Council (DDC) Budgam, Nazir Ahmad Khan, who was chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the Bijli Mahotsav by lighting the lamp.
On the occasion, Vice Chairman DDC, Nazir Ahmad; DDC Members; ADDC Budgam, Dr Akramullah Tak; SE KPDCL, Azhar Aftab; GM NHPC Kishan Ganga, Sanjay Kumar; Executive Engineer KPDCL Transmission, Farooq Ahmad; Nodal Officer NHPC, Dr Abid; Executive Engineer PDD Budgam, Nazir Ahmad; senior officials of District Administration and respected public representatives were also present.
Speaking at the event, the dignitaries highlighted the benefits of electricity and the unprecedented growth achieved by the power sector over the past few years.Various cultural programmes, nukkad nataks were presented by renowned artists and school children, besides screening of short films on the power sector was also organized. The event also witnessed several beneficiaries sharing their experiences.
DDC Chairman while addressing the gathering said that the government is doing remarkable work in the field of electricity. The local administration is implementing various schemes with the help of the central government, and the public is getting benefited.ADDC Budgam also expressed his views and highlighted the role of KPDCL in improving the lives of people by doing tremendous work in the power sector.
On this occasion, SE KPDCL Azhar Aftab gave detailed information about the programme being run for the public.Numerous dignitaries graced the occasion which saw large turnouts of crowds from nearby villages and districts.This programme was facilitated by Nodal Officer NHPC. Dr Abid and ADDC appreciated the role of NHPC, KPDCL and District Administration Budgam for organizing the program.Keeping in view the large gathering, it was ensured that all Covid safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing of masks were adhered to in the function.