Scrap Joint Venture Deal With NHPC: KCSDS

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) urges the state government to put the power projects of Keru, Kawar and Pakal Dul proposed to be taken up in joint venture with NHPC on hold till the corporation returns back various power projects which continue to be ‘retained illegally’.

In a meeting chaired by Prof Hameedah Nayeem, KCSDS while welcoming the statement of the Chief Minister on NHPC, impressed upon him to seriously reconsider scrapping the joint venture deal entered into with the corporation until the provisions of agreement are very favourable to the needs of the state which entail self-sufficiency in power as well as make it revenue earning enterprise.

“The civil society wants the Chief Minister to stand by the statement he has made yesterday that no further project will be given to NHPC unless it returns earlier projects and hopes that the statement issued by the chief minister is not mere rhetoric,” read the statement issued on Friday.

KCSDS members noted with concern that 7 power projects allotted to NHPC in the year 2000 scheduled to be completed by 2010 have not been completed by now except for 120 MW Sewa-II.

“While 4 projects of Kishenganga, Uri-II, Nimobazgo and Chutuk are under various stages of execution, the 1020 MW Pakal Dul and 1000 MW Burser have not even been started. Pakal Dul power project has been included in the joint venture, Burser power project has not even passed initial stages and therefore needs to be taken back and handed over to J&K State Power Development Corporation for further action. The NHPC needs to meet the losses suffered by the state due to non completion of power projects within the stipulated time,” they added.

KCSDS has noted with satisfaction that at long last Chief Minister has admitted that hydroelectric power generation is the major revenue source of the state which the civil society has been stressing all along.

“The civil society is at a loss to understand that while NHPC has grown from an initial investment base of 2000 million rupees in 1975 to 3,87,180 million rupees by the year 2010, a growth of 193.5 times, why does the state of Jammu and Kashmir which provides 1680 MW out of NHPC’s total kitty of 5295 MW remain  totally deprived of investment base and remains chronically short of funds to finance new power projects,” the statement read.

“The Chief Minister if he really means what he says should emulate the example of Arunachal Pradesh which scraped the 2000MW power project deal on Arunachal-Assam boarder with NHPC due to the growing bad business deals of NHPC which has resulted in nearly 500 litigations all over India,” it added.

The meeting among others was attended by Dr. Javed Iqbal, Shakeel Qalander, Z.G Mohammad, Qurat ul Ain, Abdul Majid Zargar, Dr. Mufti Altaf Hussain, Anwar Ashai and others.

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