Put J&K power projects on fast track: Soz

11 April 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Excelsior Correspondent NEW DELHI Apr 11: Union Minister for Water Resources, Prof Saifuddin Soz today urged the Power Ministry and its agencies to take up various power projects in Jammu and Kashmir on fast track basis so that the available hydro potential could be fully tapped. 'Out of the total assessed hydro potential of 14,275 Mega Watt in Jammu and Kashmir, only 1864 MW had been developed till now which comes to only 13 per cent of the total potential', he regretted during the power-point presentation on overall power scenario in the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, made by the authorities of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) here today. Union Power Ministry and its various agencies should step up work on various projects in hands or at different stages of completion in Jammu and Kashmir for augmenting power availability in the State, he said, adding the people of J&K have been suffering due to shortage of power and it also had its effect on the overall economic development especially with regard to industrialization. Prof Soz pleaded strongly that Kishenganga Project should be put in the priority sector as it can bring a lot of relief to the Valley with its 330 MW capacity. He also stressed that Bursar project in Jammu needs to be cleared early as its 1020 MW supply could bring great relief to the power starved Jammu and Kashmir. He stressed the need to take up various projects on fast track basis so that that the available hydro potential could be tapped at the earliest besides preventing cost escalation. It was stated that the NHPC had commissioned Salal (690 MW), Uri-I (480 MW) and Dulhasti (390 MW) in Jammu and Kashmir. Sewa-II (120 MW), Uri-II (240 MW), Nimoo Bazgo (45 MW), Chutak (44 MW) and Kishenganga (330 MW) were under construction. The important projects-Pakal Dul (1000 MW), Kiru (600 MW), Kawar (520 MW) and Ratle (690 MW) were under clearance with the State Government and other agencies. At the behest of Prof Soz, the Union Minister of State for Power has convened a meeting next week to discuss these projects. Similarly, a DPR (detailed project report) had been prepared for Bursar project (1020 MW) and a final decision had to be taken about the agency which would take up the work. The power point presentation was arranged by the NHPC on the initiative of newly-appointed Minister of State for Power, Jairam Ramesh to acquaint Prof Soz of the power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.