JAMMU: J&K’s ruling National Conference on Thursday asked state government to introduce a resolution in state legislature seeking return of the power projects from National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
Speaking on the supplementary question about Ranjarajan Committee report which had recommended handing over of some power projects to the state, NC MLC Davendra Singh Rana said the government should bring a resolution in the House “so that a collective message would go to government of India that we want our projects back.”
Rana’s statement evoked strong reaction from opposition PDP’s senior member Naeem Akhtar who blamed the NC for “selling out J&K and its resources to New Delhi” when the party was in power.
“Before asking for any resolution in this House you should check the track record of you party which has sold all the resources,” Akhtar said.
Earlier, the government informed Legislative Assembly that a Cabinet Sub-Committee was constituted to look into various issues arising from the terms and conditions of the entrustment of hydroelectric projects to the NHPC.
“The committee submitted its report to the government and the cabinet accepted the recommendations of the committee. J&K SPDC was authorized to work out the present cost of the projects on the basis of internally accepted norms prevailing in the industry which could form the basis for further negations with government of India and NHPC,” it said.
The J&K SPDC is in the process of finalizing the cost of the projects, the government said.
It also said that the Ranjarajan Committee had recommended transfer of 390 MW Dulhasti Hydel Power Projects from NHPC to J&K, compensation to NHPC and other beneficiaries of the project amounting to Rs 4,933 crore to be paid by GoI over next 10 years period.