J&K Lt Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today flagged off ready to deploy Mobile Genset Fleet for emergency response and disaster relief in case of natural disasters and extreme weather events in Kashmir.

          The 10 Gensets would be stationed in each district for any eventuality as a disaster preparedness measure. These gensets will prove to be very useful in other extreme weather conditions when grid supply gets snapped.

          Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole; Secretary to the Government, Jal Shakti Department, M Raju; IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar; Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary; Chief Engineers, and senior officers were present on the occasion at TRC Srinagar.

          The Lt Governor directed the Jal Shakti department for immediate procurement of 10 more Mobile Gensets to strengthen the emergency response system in case of any eventuality.

          He observed that every possible mechanism shall be explored to improve the water supply position in Jammu & Kashmir so that uninterrupted supply of the service is ensured even in case of natural disasters and extreme weather situations.

          As an immediate measure, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir apportioned an amount of Rs 2.00 cr under SDRF during 2019-20 for purchase of Mobile Gensets to meet the critical demand during power outages in emergency situations, besides providing power backup to a wide range of Lift Water Supply Schemes on a rotational need basis, he added.

          Secretary to the Government, Jal Shakti Department, M Raju informed the Lt Governor that the new Mobile Gensets from 50 KVA rating to 62.5 KVA are self-standing type provided with essential paraphernalia viz; parking canopies, waterproof camping tents, bedding, Kitchen Sets with LPG cooking arrangements etc. for the operational staff’s convenience in order to enable rapid deployment at short notice.

           The DG set carrier vehicles are also provided with GPS trackers to enable supervision by controlling officers from headquarter in real time.

          Further, the department has created a transformer bank of 20 distribution transformers of varying capacities as an immediate relief in case of breakdown & troubleshooting.