J&K govt directs for employing locals in HEP

JAMMU: Underscoring the need for involvement of local skilled and unskilled manpower in execution of newly coming-up Hydro Power Projects in the state, the Minister of State for Power Vikar Rasool has directed concerned executing agencies to engage local youth while taking up the construction work on these projects.
The minister, according to an official statement, issued these directions here on Thursday while chairing a meeting convened to review the pace of progress of several under execution power projects in the state.
The minister emphasized that the manpower to be used in the construction of power projects whether skilled or unskilled should be local, of the area where these power projects are being taken-up. He said that the state has sufficient skilled and unskilled man power, adding that if these agencies do not find suitable local candidates then these agencies have to go at block, tehsil, district and state level as well to find the suitable candidates for the jobs.
Vikar said that the state has vast Hydro Power potential, which would be exploited optimally, adding that in a realistic power generation strategy 9000 MWS of electricity would be generated up to 2020.
The minister directed the executing agencies to accelerate the pace of construction work on the approved power projects ensuring their timely completion, besides early take up of work on power projects whose work have been allotted. He said that the well performing agencies would be awarded by providing work on the other power projects, whereas nonperforming agencies would be blacklisted.
“The government would made available skilled man power by imparting training to youth as per requirement to be projected by the executing agencies engaged for construction of hydro power projects,” Vikar maintained.
The pace of progress on the under execution hydro power projects reviewed are including 850 MW Rattle, 1856 MW Sawalkote, 48 MW Lower Kalnai, 37.5 MW Parnai, 45 MW BIchlari, 40 MW Ans-I, 27 MW Kanzil WAngath, 21 MW Patnazi Bunjwal, 9 Mw Dah and 9 MW Hans.
Among others, Managing Director, JK PDC Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, Executive Director, JK SPDC, Chief Engineers of concerned power projects and representatives of executing agencies attended the meeting.