Return Of Power Projects From Centre: PDC To Finalise Modalities

Return Of Power Projects From Centre: PDC To Finalise Modalities

29 January 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Minister of State Power Vikar Rasool today said that a high level meeting of Power Development Corporation (PDC) would be convened to finalise modalities for taking up of cabinet sub committee report on return of Power Projects from National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC). The MoS power also admitted unjustified power cuts in the prevailing winter and has sought report on daily bases about unscheduled power cuts. The minister asserted that 10 percent of population is still unconnected to power, due to heavy snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir valley. “Soon, I am convening a meeting of PDC officials to study Cabinet Sub Committee report about return of power projects. We will finalise the modalities, so that the matter would be effectively taken with the centre government to return the power projects,” Vikar said, during a function at PCC headquarters. . The Power Minister, however, refused to comment about the delay of implementation of the Cabinet Sub Committee report after it was submitted to the state government a year back. The cabinet sub committee headed by Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, then Irrigation, PHE and Flood Control minister Taj Mohiuddin, Rural Development minister Ali Muhammad Sagar and then Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora a year back finalised the modalities and submitted them to state government to get back at least Salal, Dulhasti and Uri-I from NHPC. The state government is yet to implement the cabinet sub committee report with the central power minister for running the power projects and paving way to NHPC for obtaining license under J&K Water Resources (Management and Regulation) Act, 2010. The minister, however, showed optimism that the matter would be taken up with Centre so that return of power projects helps to overcome power crises in the state. Accepting the hardships being faced by the people due to un-scheduled power cuts, the MoS power said that clear instructions have been given to the power officials to submit report on daily basis about the unscheduled power cuts. “It is unjustified. Some People are without electricity for two to three moths. The unscheduled power cuts goes even 15 hours a day. People are paying for the same. We have to provide them the service,” he said. The MoS power said that tough instructions have been given to the power officials to follow the power schedule and strict action would be taken against those who provide wrong information to the minister,” he said. The minister also said that only 10 of the local population have not been restored electricity due to recent snowfall. “Ninety percent of the villages have been already restored electricity. The remaining would be connected within a week, “he said. About power thefts, the minister said people should also co-operate to the government in generating the revenue to purchased from outside. “Power worth Rs 4000 crores had been purchased last year against the revenue of Rs just 1200 crores,” the minister said.