Chenab Basin has hydel potential to make JK a self reliant state: Rather


Chatroo (Kishtawar) Dec 23: Strongly advocating for construction of proposed 5-Km long Chatroo-Singpora-Vailoo tunnel connecting Kishtwar with Kashmir valley, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affiars, Abdul Rahim Rather today said it will also help to provide a nearest all weather alternate highway between Jammu to Srinagar besides providing short duration travel to Amarnath Yatris.
 Addressing a gathering at Chatroo, Rather said that the proposed tunnel is reportedly a one hour journey to reach to Vailoo in Anantnag Kashmir from Kishtawar. “On completion the tunnel will go a long way in developing a mega tourist circuit between Pahalgam- Baderwah- Lakhanpur- Himachal Pradesh, thereby bringing socio economic prosperity in the entire region,
 Rather said, apart from huge power potential, the Chenab Valley is also endowed with the vast treasure of hydel resources, which if tapped fully would make the State not only self sufficient in power but can generate surplus energy for export to other parts of the State.
 Not only has this, in view of the tremendous importance of power generation in the socio-conomic emancipation, a multipronged strategy been devised to generate 6000 MWs of Power during the 12th & 13thFive Year Plans. Besides a separate corporation in the name of Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited has been constituted which will execute 2120 MW three Power Projects in the Chenab Basin in joint venture with J&K State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) and National Hydro Power Development Corporation (NHPC). “Implementation of 690 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project, under IPP mode, is also going on in full swing as per the schedule,” Rather said adding that the day is not far off when J&K will be a self reliant Power State. Power projects in Chenab Basin will change the destiny of the poor people of this beautiful valley, which has remained mostly unattended.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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