Cabinet Sub-Committee on power projects meets today

To Workout Modalities For Uri-II, Dulhasti, Sewa-II

RAJEEV SHARMA

Jammu, Dec 6: The Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) on power projects – constituted by the government to workout modalities for the power-sharing and other related issues with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) – will be holding a crucial meeting, here tomorrow.
The Sub-Committee will meet to workout modalities for Uri-II, Dulhasti and 120 MW Sewa-II power projects, official sources said.
They said the meeting of the Sub-Committee headed by Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, who is the chairman of the panel, with Minister for Irrigation, PHE and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-din, Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar and Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora as its members will discuss and workout modalities for running the power projects.
The Sub-Committee is likely to pave way for the NHPC for obtaining license under J&K Water Resources (Management and Regulation) Act, 2010 to run these power projects in the state.
“The Committee may also authorize the NHPC to control and run some power projects on execution, operation and maintenance basis,” sources said.
Talking to the Greater Kashmir, Taj-Mohi-ud-Din confirmed that the Sub-Committee will workout modalities for power-sharing of Uri-II, Dulhasti and 120 MW Sewa-II projects with the NHPC.
“The government has already decided on other power projects including Salal and Uri-I that it would take back these projects from NHPC as and when it pays the required amount to the Corporation,” the minister said. The exploitation of state’s water resources by NHPC has already snowballed into a big political controversy with main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society groups pressing for return of NHPC-run hydel projects to the state. These power projects raised under BOOT (Built, Own, Operate and Transfer) policy were supposed to be transferred to the state after the cost had been recovered by the operator.
The NHPC continues to exploit the water resources of the state because of the state’s inability to assert its right and central government favouring the Corporation.
Pertinently, the civil society groups spearheading the campaign for return of power projects to the state has given two weeks time to the government before the group moves the court for legal recourse.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST




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