We Don’t Want Alms and Charity, Return Us Our Power Projects : KCSDS To PM

KL Report

Srinagar

Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has urged the Prime Minister  Dr Manmohan Singh to facilitate the return of the power projects from NHPC instead of offering a charity of 150 MWs from central pool.

In a meeting chaired by Prof. Hameedah Nayeem, KCSDS members conveyed their profound dismay to Government of India against massive exploitation of water resources of the state by NHPC without having any regard for basic power requirements of the people in the state.

The members said that it is unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to see power produced from their waters being supplied to other states while leaving them high and dry during severe winter chill in Kashmir and scotching summer heat in Jammu region.

Commenting on the announcement of Prime Minister regarding supply of 150 MW of power from central pool, the members said that people don’t want alms and charity from GOI but immediate return of power projects from the “illegal and unconstitutional” control of NHPC.

“The state presently needs 2600 MWs of power for its basic domestic and commercial purposes that could easily be made up if all the projects from NHPC are returned to it forthwith. It is cruel irony that a power potential state is forced to fulfil power requirements of the state by purchasing it for more than 4000 crores annually,” KCDS said in a statement.

The members observed that during past over six decades GOI has never helped the state in harnessing its hydro power potential. “Instead it even declined to give counter guarantee to the foreign banks that had offered loan at bare minimum interest rate to the state for execution of Bhagliar power project. Besides, the GOI has been instrumental in encouraging plunder of water resources by NHPC for their own benefits,” it added.

The members said that the Rattle deal has dismantled the myth about NHPC and proved beyond doubt that this company has been looting the under-developed state for decades.

“If state government reports are to be believed, the GVK shall give 16% free power to the state, 55% power against cost at pre-determined rate of 1.44 per unit besides returning the project to the state after 35 years. Rattle Power project deal has been an eye opener that we can have better deals with private companies which will be beneficial to the people of the state and it is for this reason that KCSDS will continue to advocate to the state government for scrapping of joint venture with NHPC and put an end to the company’s hegemony over the exploitation of our water resources,” they said.

“Although the civil society wants the state government to set up maximum power projects of its own, yet any power project awarded to any private company should be at par and beyond Rattle deal. It would be unacceptable to people of the state that an outside agency uses their waters, vandalises their ecology and environment, take away power produced from their waters and the state is forced to buy back the same electricity at exorbitant rates.”

The civil society insists the state government to resist giving any further power project to NHPC and thereby continue it to loot and plunder their resources.

 

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