Connecting Kishtwar To Kashmir

Connecting Kishtwar To Kashmir

23 December 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Strongly advocating for construction of proposed 5-km long Chatroo-Singpora-Vailoo tunnel connecting Kishtwar with Kashmir valley, Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affiars Abdur Rahim Rather Sunday said it would also help provide a nearest all-weather alternate highway between Srinagar to Jammu besides providing short duration travel to Amarnath yatris. Addressing a public gathering at Chatroo in district Kishtwar, Rather said the proposed tunnel was reportedly a one-hour journey to reach to Vailoo in Anantnag Kashmir from Kishtwar. “On completion, the tunnel will go a long way in developing a mega tourist circuit between Pahalgam-Baderwah-Lakhanpur-Himachal Pradesh, thereby bringing socio-economic prosperity in the entire region,” Rather said and assured people of Kishtwar that he would personally take up this long pending demand of the people with the concerned higher authorities both at state and Government of India levels. Rather said apart from huge power potential, the Chenab valley is also endowed with the vast treasure of hydel resources, which if tapped fully would make the State not only self-sufficient in power but could generate surplus energy for export to other parts of the State. He said it was for the first time that the present government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had made a determined effort to harness this hydel potential of the State in a big way adding that J&K Hydroelectric Projects Development Policy 2011 was approved by the State cabinet under which 10 projects of 172 MW capacity were tendered out. Rather said not only has this, in view of the tremendous importance of power generation in the socio-conomic emancipation, a multipronged strategy been devised to generate 6000 MWs of Power during the 12th and 13th Five Year Plans. He said, besides, a separate corporation in the name of Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited has been constituted which would execute 2120 MW three Power Projects in the Chenab Basin in joint venture with J&K State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) and National Hydro Power Development Corporation (NHPC). “Implementation of 690 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project, under IPP mode, is also going on in full swing as per the schedule,” Rather said adding that the day was not far off when J&K would be a self-reliant Power State. He said power projects in Chenab basin would change the destiny of the poor people of this beautiful valley, which has remained mostly unattended. Rather assured the people of the district that the government would leave no stone unturned to redress their genuine grievances at the earliest. He said it was the main agenda of the coalition government to ensure equitable and balanced development of all the areas of the State. Speaking on the occasion, local MLA G M Saroori sought finance minster’s personal intervention for arranging an on the spot recruitment drive in Army & J&K police at Chatroo and Kahara areas of his constituency so that local youth get jobs. He also requested the finance minister to intervene for getting approval of Government of India for construction of Singpora-Vailoo tunnel. He also demanded representation to the Doda district in the Gujjar and Backward Development Board. The DDC Kishtwar Saleem Muhammad, DG Accounts and Treasuries Ravi Magotra, SSP Kishtwar and concerned District Officers were also present on the occasion.