Both Baglihar-I and II Added by NC Regimes: NC

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National Conference Friday congratulated all those involved with the execution of the 450 MW Baglihar-II Hydel Power Project on the successful synchronization and effective completion of the project.

In a statement, NC Spokesperson while welcoming the addition to the State’s power generation portfolio said, “the first phase of the Baglihar project (450 MW) was commissioned in 2008 and the work for second phase started in 2012. With the commissioning of the Baglihar-II Power Project, J&K has crossed the generation mark of 1100 MW of our own generation. What makes this feat even better is the fact that this project was commissioned within time and below the originally approved cost.”

“Both Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have now successfully and effectively added 900 MWs of power to the State’s own generation portfolio while others have had nothing to offer beyond rhetoric and inaction on this crucial front. The most laudable part of this success is that 900 MWs were added without a spec of an allegation of wrongdoing and the whole process – from conception to commissioning has been transparent. The commissioning of Baglihar-II is the fruit of Omar Abdullah’s efforts and this achievement is a product of his passion and vision to not only make J&K self-reliant in power but to reach a stage where J&K can be a power-surplus State,” the NC Spokesperson said.

The NC Spokesperson said, “it was during the tenure of the Omar Abdullah-led Government that work was started on indigenous projects with an aggregate generation capacity of over 1,400 MWs while edifice was laid for the construction of projects with a further 9,000 MWs of power in the coming seven years.”

“The State witnessed significant strides in the power sector during Omar Abdullah’s tenure as the Chief Minister based on his vision to utilize our water resources to make J&K a power-surplus State – a requirement for the State’s overall economic self-reliance and prosperity. Work was started on projects of over 1,400 MW in capacity as compared to 750 MWs launched in the last six decades. This is an unambiguous vindication. The commissioning of Baglihar-II on time and at costs lesser than those originally approved is an achievement that highlights Omar Abdullah’s commitment to the cause of transparency, to the goal of the State’s development and economic self-reliance,” the statement said.

Reiterating the party’s demand for the return of power projects to J&K, NC said that the Rangarajan Committee had recommended certain hydroelectric power-projects be returned to the State free of cost. “While the PDP-BJP Government has made a spectacular U-turn on their CMP demand on the return of power-projects, we demand the Central Government starts an effective and time-bound process of transferring the power projects to J&K without any further delay. It’s also amusing and painful that the present PDP-BJP Government is completely silent on the losses to the State due to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) which restricts J&K from exploiting its hydel power and irrigation potential in full measure. This silence on such a crucial issue in addition to the PDP-BJP Government’s u-turn on the return of the power projects  is unfortunate and a very stark contrast in comparison to PDP’s pre-election rhetoric,” the NC Spokesperson added.

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