Power generation key to economic growth: Omar


KL Desk


Emphasizing that the growth and development of economy in a State like Jammu and Kashmir is greatly dependent on availability of power, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that self-reliance in power generation looms large on economic spectrum and a multi-pronged strategy has been put in place by his government to make necessary dent in power generation and its distribution.

Omar was taking brief on the status of various power projects being implemented by Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd (CVPP) at a high level meeting.

Omar said that adding that the State has a rich potential for generation of hydro energy and this aspect has been flagged as one of the most important concerns in the development agenda.

“Joint Venture Company has a stupendous role to play in catapulting indigenous power generation in the State,” Omar said in the meeting.

Chairman CVPP, Mohammad Yusuf Khan presented resume of the power projects being executed by the Company. He gave details of the status of progress on these projects and assured the meeting that the Company would stick to the targets fixed for completion of these prestigious projects entrusted to it for execution.

The meeting was informed that the Company will be initially involved in development of 2220 MWs of hydro electricity from three projects of Pakuldul, Kiru and Kawar while it also plans to develop second phase of 450 MW Dulhasti HEP.

The meeting also discussed matters pertaining to the construction of Banderkote-Nowpachi road serving twin purposes of opening up of the remote and inaccessible areas and facilitating construction of power projects


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