Jammu, Mar 30 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said efforts are being made to accelerate pace of development to provide people electricity and civic amenities. Also Read - Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Birth Anniversary: Famous Poems Penned by Former Prime Minister

“Sustained efforts are afoot to accelerate the pace of development in the state to provide people all modern facilities including, power and provisions of modern housing and civic amenities”, he said after laying foundation of a grid station in Reasi district. Also Read - Details of Prime Minister's Flights Cannot be Disclosed as it Relates to His Security Apparatus: IAF

The grid station would benefit around three lakh people of Reasi, Pouni, Dharmari, Bhagga, Arnas, Ranso and Shiv Khori areas of the said district and it is expected to be completed by March 2018. Also Read - UK PM Boris Johnson Offers Days Off From Lockdown To Form 'Christmas Bubble'

The initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would go a long way in giving filip to the state’s power sector and achieve self sufficiency in electricity generation, Singh said.

He said focus is being laid on electrification of all uncovered hamlets and villages.

Singh said the funds earmarked for the power sector are being utilised judiciously to bring down T&D losses through modernisation of transmission, distribution network.

Local power generation by tapping the huge hydro power potential is other important area which is being given special attention.

“The Centre has released Rs 11,650 crore for augmentation and renovation of the existing power infra in Jammu and Kashmir and our emphasis is to make best use of this huge amount,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.