GoI Embarrasses JK On NHPC

GoI Embarrasses JK On NHPC

23 April 2013
Rising Kashmir
Asem Mohiuddin

Srinagar: Much to the embarrassment of Jammu and Kashmir government, Government of India (GoI) Tuesday categorically stated that no offer has been made by the state government to buy back power projects from National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC). “No offer of J&K government to buy back the power projects of NHPC in the State has been received,” Union Minister of State for Power Jyotirditya M Scindia informed the upper house of parliament (Rajya Sabha) today. He said NHPC is operating five hydro power stations in J&K – Salal, Uri-I, Dulhasti, Sewa-II and Chutak –K with total capacity of 1724 MWs in. “Besides, two units of Nimoo Bazgo project, each 15 MWs, have been synchronized at partial load and likely to be commissioned at full load by October 2013,” he said. The revelations has been made few days after J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdulllah warned NHPC that no new power projects would be allotted to the Corporation unless it returns Salal, Uri and Dulhasti to the State. The disclosure that J&K government has not approached GoI for buying back power projects from NHPC has cast a doubt on the ‘sincerity’ of state government in buying back power projects from NHPC, which has been accused of illegally exploiting State’s water resources. “I had taken up the issue with Union power ministry during my tenure as PHE minister. I had sought return of power projects from NHPC. However, they told me to contact the Prime Minister’s office, which was not in my purview,” senior Congress leader and former PHE minister Taj Mohiuddin told Rising Kashmir. When contacted, the Minister for State for Power Vikar Rasool said he has no information about the issue. “I have been recently appointed as MoS power. How could I comment about things which happened before me? The cabinet has constituted the committee which would suggest the proper way of approach to seek return of projects from NHPC,” he said. However, Minster for Rural Development and member of cabinet subcommittee for return of power projects Ali Mohammad Sagar dismissed claims of Union MoS Power. “The government had sustained dialogue over the issue with GoI. I am unable to understand in which context Union Power Ministry is talking. We had sustained dialogue with GoI and it was agreed at higher level that these power projects should be returned for the economic development of J&K,” he said.