NHPC plays power-pillager

Rules Not Followed In Allotment Of Projects: Minister



Srinagar, Mar 19: Days after the state government revealed that no Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) for the three projects run by it in Jammu and Kashmir, it has now come to light that no “proper procedure” was followed for execution of another five hydroelectric projects by the Corporation.
“In this case too, five more power projects were allotted to NHPC without following the set procedure. Except for signing of MoU, no other formalities were fulfilled,” minister for PHE, Taj Mohi-ud-din told Greater Kashmir.
While the government of India-subsidiary NHPC is already running three power projects – Salal, Dulhasti and Uri-I in Jammu and Kashmir, the five new projects handed over to the Corporation in year 2000 include: 330-MW Kishenganga (Bandipora), 280-MW Uri-II (Baramulla), 120-MW Sewa-II (Jammu), 45-MW Nimo Bazgo  (Leh) and 44-MW Chutak (Kargil).
“There is no cabinet order, lease deed, or agreement to substantiate that any procedure was adopted for the allotment of these projects. There is no mention about who identified the site for the projects, how it was identified and who transferred the land to NHPC and what terms and conditions the land was given to the Corporation,” the minister said.
As per the 3-page MoU signed between the then state chief minister and the then union power minister in July 2000, NHPC was handed-over seven power projects in the state. However, three projects -1020 MW Bursar in Kishtwar district, 45-MW Nimo Bazgo in Leh district and 1000 MW Pakal Dul in Jammu region were later withdrawn from the list.
The MoU mentions that as per the commitment made by the parties, Jammu and Kashmir would get 12 percent power free of cost besides 15 percent central share of unallocated quota at “bus bar rates” to meet its needs.
The MoU states that the projects are handed over to NHPC for funding, execution and operation. “A mutually acceptable methodology will be worked out for handing over these projects to JK government separately,” it states.
As per the MoU after adjusting its surplus staff further requirement of group C&D posts would be met by NHPC through local employment exchanges of JK and for group A&B posts, 30 percent of the personnel would be taken by NHPC on deputation from JK government.
Replying to annual grants of his Ministry in the Legislative Assembly earlier this week, Minister of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din had said that no MoUs were signed by State Government for construction of Salal, Dulhasti and Uri-I power projects by NHPC. The Minister had said that it is not known that how land was acquired, what was the time-frame for which the land was to be allotted to NHPC and when the same will be returned to the State as nothing is in black and white. “Moreover there is no Cabinet decision under which the land was transferred to NHPC,” he had said.
The startling revelation had created uproar in the House with the representatives of all the political parties demanding that the agreements with NHPC should be reviewed to compensate the state and a probe should be ordered to “fix the responsibility” for the plunder of state’s water resources.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:00:00 IST

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