Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Jammu Jan 10 (Only Kashmir): “The NHPC in J&K was never given ownership of power projects as per the provisions of law except their execution, operation and maintenance. Even the agency status given to the corporation expired in 1987. Therefore, these projects actually belong to the State. However, a cabinet subcommittee has recommended for payment to the corporation for taking over Uri and Salal projects which will enable J&K to become not only self sufficient in power but also export it to other States and strengthen our economy to stand on our own legs,” said Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din today.
Delivering the key note address at a national seminar, ‘Management of Water Resources in North India’, at Jammu University this morning, the Minister said the agreements J&K government signed with the centre from time to time gave the corporation rights to the extent of execution, operation and maintenance of power projects in the State but not the ownership rights.
The Minister said the government has constituted a cabinet subcommittee which is examining the issue. He said the Government intends to buy back Uri and Salal hydel projects on the depreciated value which can make J&K a surplus in power generation.
Giving a resume of activities undertaken by his Departments to consolidate water resources in J&K, Mr. Taj enumerated several steps taken on this count. He said for the first time in 60 years a legislation (J&K Water Resources Act-2010) was passed aimed at consolidating water resources in J&K. He said more than Rs. 900 crore would be realized as water usage charges this year which forms 30% of State’s total revenue.
The Minister said the Government has initiated the process to construct the remaining portion of Ravi canal in Kathua district which would irrigate more than 1.33 lakh acres in three districts and help add 2.66 lakh metric tons to the existing food grain production.
Director, Information & Public Relations, Khawaja Farooq Renzushah, in his speech said that the Jammu and Kashmir has huge water resources and these are needed to be utilized fully for the benefit of the people of the State. He hoped that J&K would soon become a power rich state from the present power deficit State. He said the present debate over water resources of the State has received tremendous response from the people of the State.
Later, a brain storming question answer session was held in which Tejwant Singh Reen and other eminent persons participated.
Minister for PHE Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din replied to the queries.


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