Failed to get power projects back from NHPC: Omar

JAMMU: Admitting that his government has failed to get the power projects back from National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday announced that no new project will be allotted to the corporation in the future.
Replying on the discussion on Motion of Thanks to Governor N N Vohra for his joint address to state legislature, Omar said the government failed to get the power projects back from NHPC “despite serious efforts.”
“I accept we failed to get our power projects back from NHPC. We even knocked the doors of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister also tried to convince the Union Power Ministry. But NHPC is not budging from its position
“But we have taken a stance now that we will not hand over any power project to NHPC in future if they will not hand over our projects back,” Omar told the Legislative Council.
He said new power projects in the state would be launched either independently or in joint venture.
“We have decided now that new power projects will either come in joint venture or by state itself. From now on NHPC will not get any project unless the company revisits its decision,” Omar said.
“If they remain adamant we will not budge from our stand. They won’t get anything from here now,” he said.
Invoking the recommendations of Rangarajan Committee and Working Group Committee over handing over of power projects to the state, Omar said nothing was done on those recommendations.
“We have also decided that Dulhasti-II and Uri-II Phases earlier allotted to NHPC will now be taken as joint ventures. We have no other option left other than this,” he said.
He said despite huge potential for power generation, the state has been able to generate only 750MWs on its own since 1947 till date.
“We don’t have revenue generations as other states have. But God has bestows us with natural beauty and rivers where we have 20,000 MWs of power capacity. We have started power projects of the capacity of 1500 MWs in just five years and another 1000 MWs will be allotted by the end of this year,” he added.

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