Kashmiris Chor Nahin Mahachor: Farooq

Kashmiris Chor Nahin Mahachor: Farooq

2 March 2014
Kashmir Times


New Delhi: National Conference president and the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday described Kashmiris as the 'biggest thieves’ with reference to power thefts. Farooq made these remarks while releasing a report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) titled: “Citizen’s report on state of renewable energy” here on Saturday in the union capital. NC president, while commenting on dismal scenario of energy sector in Jammu and Kashmir said, “Kashmiri chor nahi mahachor hai” (Kashmiris are biggest thieves). They use illegal electricity connections and bribe the local linemen, and this was the main problem plaguing the state’s Power Development Department.” In the report, which takes stock of the current status of renewable energy in India as well as the issues that plague the sector, as many as 21 state electricity departments face critical situation with Rajasthan topping the list showing a whopping Rs 11209 Cr loss in power sector. It is followed by Tamil Nadu where the loss is Rs 8090 crore. J&K stands at fifth position in annual losses with an annual loss of Rs 2288 Cr. The report also described J&K as “non-performer in exploiting any renewable energy.” The only achievement for J&K has been the installation of small 308 kWp plants under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission. In J&K most of these plants are in Ladakh region. Although Jammu and Kashmir is among the top seven states having the high wind energy potential, state government has been unable to start even a single project. According to the report, at 50 metre height the installable wind energy potential in Jammu and Kashmir is 5311 and at 80 metre height the wind energy potential is 5685 MW. The dismal performance continues in SHP sector that constitutes projects below 25 MW capacities. According to the report, the current grid connected generation of renewable energy in India stands at 30,178 MW. Jammu and Kashmir’s share stands at dismal 150 MWs, all of which is generated in SHP projects. In off-grid generation of 973 MW, the share of J&K is almost zero.