State Govt to submit CSC report to Union Power Ministry today
BUYING BACK POWER PROJECTS
Jammu, June 27: The state government will submit the report of Cabinet Sub Committee, constituted by state government to workout modalities for return of two power projects from National Hydel Project Corporation (NHPC) to Jammu and Kashmir, to Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at New Delhi, on June 28.
Following the invitation of Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Minister of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-din is scheduled to attend a meeting at New Delhi on Thursday to discuss issues between NHPC and state government over power projects being run by the former in Jammu and Kashmir.
When contacted, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, told Greater Kashmir that he would officially submit the report of Cabinet Sub Committee, which has strongly recommended for buying back of 690 MW Salal and 480 MW Uri-I power project at depreciated cost of Rs 2566 Crores from NHPC, to Union Power Minister, during a meeting tomorrow, which is also to be attended by the Union Power Secretary and NHPC Chairman ABL Srivastava.
He said that Union Power Ministry had invited him to discuss the stoppage of construction work of Uri-II hydropower project and the “issues” regarding different projects between state and NHPC.
Taj said that the last meeting held at New Delhi, which was chaired by Union Minister of State for Power, remained inconclusive, after which Home Minister P Chidambarm had intervened and Union Power Minister sought another meeting to sort out the issues between Jammu and Kashmir government and NHPC.
Taj said that the main agenda of meeting was the implementation of Cabinet Order and not the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Indian and J&K government, which was the basis of construction of power projects by the Corporation in the state.
He claimed that on the basis of Cabinet Order and not on MoU, the NHPC authorities had taken land on lease for construction of Power Projects while land acquisition was also carried by authorities on MoU.
The MoU was signed by the state and Union Power Ministry in 2000 over construction of seven power projects 330 MW- Kishanganga, 280 MW-Uri II, 1020 MW- Bursar , 120 MW Sewa-II, 1000-MW Pakal Dul, 40 MW Nimoo Bazgoo and 45-MW Chutak.
However the MoU was subsequently amended by state cabinet and approved two changes whereby the recruitment for class III and class IV employees would be made from local areas and in addition to 12 percent power as royalty from the projects, state would also get 15 percent at bus-bar rate.
“When it comes for the implementation cabinet order which advocates for recruiting of all class-III and class IV employees from local area and in additional to 12 percent free power as royalty from the projects, state also gets 15 percent at bus-bar rate, how NHPC refused to obey same cabinet order on the basis of which they were permitted to construct the power projects in the state?” Taj questioned.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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