In JK, NHPC fails to light up catchment areas

Scheme For Free Power From Central Power Stations Yet To Take Off; PDD Completed Formalities In 2011

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, July 17: A major program to lighten up areas falling in peripheries of power stations owned by the Central Public Selling Utilities (CPSU) is yet to take off in Jammu and Kashmir owing to the alleged indifferent attitude of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).
 Even as Jammu and Kashmir government has done the ground work for the program way back in 2011, the Corporation is “indecisive” over signing an agreement for execution of the scheme.
 As per the guidelines of the scheme, NHPC is to carry out electrification within five kilometers of generation plants as well as free electricity to BPL households falling in the area.
 Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir that following the announcement of the program in 2010, the Power Development Department (PDD) completed all modalities to pave way for the power-giant to execute the scheme.
 A year later, Development Commissioner PDD furnished Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) to the NHPC as per the requirements of the scheme .
 The DPRs were submitted through letter No:DC/PD/TO-I/16/2588-90 dated 07-07-2011, No: DC/PD/TO-I/16/2391-94 dated 15-06-2011 and No: DC/PD/TO-I/16/2242-47 dated 27-05-2011.
 “We submitted all requirements-map of the scheme area, list of BPL households and details of existing infrastructure- to the Corporation,” sources said. “All catchment areas of Uri-1, Salal and Dulhasti were to be covered by the program.”
 An official of the PDD said since the day one, the Corporation is dithering over signing an agreement with the government for the scheme.
 “The Executive Director (R-1) NHPC was requested vide this office communication No: C/PD/TO-I/16/4206 dated:16-03-2012 to depute his representative to the office of undersigned along with the letter of authorization for signing of agreement. Since no representative was deputed by the Executive Director, therefore the vetted and duly signed agreement was forwarded to him vide this office letter No: DC/PD/TO-I/16/4433-34 dated 18-05-2012 for signatures,” Development Commissioner Power Communicated to Principal Secretary, Power.
 Sources disclosed that the government has raised the matter persistently with NHPC but to no avail.
 When contacted, Executive Director NHPC S.Kalgaonkar said there are reservations on the scheme at Government of India level.
 “This is a policy matter and is being discussed at the highest level,” he said.
 As per guidelines, the scheme will cover all existing and upcoming power plants of CPSUs for electrification and ITS cost will be borne by the CPSU to which the plant belongs. Besides, state utility will have an obligation to provide data, clearances, access and space in their existing sub stations for enabling implementation of the scheme.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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