Govt fails to provide security cover to NHPC
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, June 30: Central government has once again asked Jammu and Kashmir government to arrange proper security cover for the employees of National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) for initiating basic work on three major power projects in the state, which are being delayed due to lack of security.
Well informed sources told Greater Kashmir that at least three power projects- Pakal Dul (1,000 MW), Bursar (1020 MW), and Kishanganga (330 MW)- were being delayed due to the failure of the state government to provide proper security cover to NHPC.
NHPC has not initiated investigation and survey of the Bursar Multiple-Purpose Project which has to come up on Chenab in Kishtwar district. The project is to be constructed with an estimate cost of Rs 4378 Crore.
“Union Cabinet Secretary was assured by the state government in October 2009 that adequate security measures would be initiated but nothing has been done till date,” sources, preferring anonymity, said adding, “Again in February 2010 the Union Power Secretary has indicated that the state government was yet to sort out the security arrangement issue.”
They said early this month the Union Home Secretary once again asked the Chief Secretary of the state to sort out the matter at the earliest so that the survey and investigation work of the project can be started.
Another power project, in the same district, Pakul Dul, is also meeting the same fate. The fate of the project, which is to be constructed with an estimate cost of Rs 5088 Crore, is hanging in balance due to lack of security cover.
Sources claimed that 330 MW Kishanganga Project, which has now become bone of contention between India and Pakistan, was another project where the state has failed to provide required security cover. “Though the work on the project has restarted the state government is yet to provide the adequate security as was asked by the Union government,” they added.
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