Power sector nerve line to economic independence: Omar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday reviewed the progress on various power projects under implementation in the State at the 69th meeting of Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) he chaired here.

Underlining power sector as the nerve line for economic growth and holistic welfare of the State, the Chief Minister stressed on the need for carrying forward the progress on various projects on fast track to achieve the goal of generating 9,000 MWs of power in near future, which he described essentially important for the financial independence of the State.

The Chief Minister said that Government has taken various initiatives to catapult power generation in the State and JKSPDC has an important role to help achieve the goals and move towards achieving self reliance in energy production. He said the projects taken in hand and those in the pipeline need to be monitored regularly to ensure their speedy completion.

“You should prepare a bar-chart for every project monitoring the physical and financial status on monthly basis”, he asked the JKSPDC and reminded it of the stupendous task the Corporation has been entrusted to realize.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Economic Advisor to Government Jalil Ahmad Khan, Principal Secretary Planning B.R. Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance B.B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Power A.R. Mehta, CEO JKSPDC Zahoor Ahmad Chat, Company Secretary Sunil Gupta and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

In a PowerPoint presentation, Commissioner Secretary Power who is also Managing Director JKSPDC presented resume of the action taken by the Corporation on various decisions made in the earlier Board Meeting. He also gave detailed status of various projects under implementation in the State.

The meeting discussed matters relating to 93 MW new Ganderbal HEP, 9 MW DAH and 9 MW Hanu projects. It discussed 37.5 MW Pranai, 39 MW Krathia, 930 MW Krathia II, 850 MW Ratla, 186 MW Ujh, 450 MW Baglihar-II, 48 MW Lower Kalnai and 1856 MW Sawalkot projects and received appraisal of the status of these projects.

The meeting also discussed matters pertaining to Coal Block allotted to Jammu and Kashmir by Union Coal Ministry. It discussed remodelling and upgrading of Karnah, Morah and other power projects. The status and progress of 21 small and micro projects was also discussed in the meeting in detail. The development of 7 MW Achoora project in Gurez also came up in the discussion.

The Board approved the annual budget of Rs. 4414.59 crores budget for the Corporation for the year 2013-14.

Various matters pertaining to the restructuring of the Corporation, creation of posts, chartered accountant, construction of JKSDPC complex etc. were also discussed in the meeting.

Later, Omar Abdullah who is also Chairman JKSPDC laid foundation of the Rs. 48 crore new complex of the Corporation at Raj Bagh here. The complex is likely to be completed within three years. It will be built over a floor area of 7884 square metres in the land area of 6.97 kanals. It will have ground plus five storeys with basement parking, board room, conference hall, auditorium, health centre, fire fighting facilities and green building.

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