While launching a direct attack on National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC), Bharat Sanchar Nigham Limited (BSNL) and Independent Power Producers (IPP’s), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that these companies are sucking blood of poor people of Jammu & Kashmir and act like erstwhile East India Company in our state, a party statement said.
AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate for central Kashmir seat Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat while addressing people and party worker meetings in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday said that all these companies must be audited so as to get the factual position about their revenue generation in J&K.
Muzaffar said, “NHPC is earning billions annually from our water resources and we are paid peanuts and all the previous Governments especially the National Conference have failed to take up this issue with Government of India , similarly BSNL has earned a huge revenue from our state since last ten years but its services are so weak that even subscribers cannot make proper phone calls as there is always network problem and weak signal with the BSNL mobile phones and its internet service is so bad.” He demanded that a high level enquiry needs to be initiated against the companies.
He claimed that the Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) which are Delhi, Mumbai or Chandigarh based companies have constructed many Mini Hydro Electric power plants under Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement in various parts of our state, but these companies fail to fulfil their duties which they ought to do under the BOOT agreement. “One such Chandigarh based company P&R Infrastructure Company Limited is a blacklisted company which constructed a 7.5 MW power project at Branwar in Budgam. The company was supposed to spend 1 to 2 % of its annual revenue on the local area development under BOOT agreement but it has miserably failed to do so, even the company is not providing electricity to the local village (Branwar) where the power plant is located,” Muzaffar said.
Muzaffar while highlighting the miseries of Chana Mohalla, Branwar residents said that many houses and shops were dismantled by the authorities during the road widening while the power project was under construction some 6 years back, but till date neither the Government nor the company has compensated the affected villagers.
He said, “if the villagers are not compensated within a month’s time, we will be forced to come on streets along with the effected families.”