MLA Uri not invited to function

Sohail Punjabi
Jammu: Health Minister and MLA Uri, Taj Mohiuddin, wasn’t invited to the inauguration of 240-Megawatt Uri-II Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in his home constituency on Friday.
When asked by Kashmir Reader why he was conspicuous by his absence at the important function, Taj said, “Meri marzi”. However, insiders said that NHPC hadn’t invited Taj.
In 2011, when Taj was Minister for PHE and Irrigation and Flood Control, he had pestered the corporation to produce licenses provided by the state government and had even sought legal action against them.
Taj later described the NHPC as the “East India Company.” He also favored return of the Salal and Uri-I power project from the NHPC to the state.
Meanwhile, Taj said the 240 MW Uri-II HEP, which was inaugurated by Narendra Modi, has no license to operate. He also accused NHPC of having a “long history of deceits” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The NHPC had applied for license for this project, which was inaugurated by Modi, but the license has not been issued because NHPC has not completed any formalities so far,” Taj was quoted as saying by a local news agency KNS.
“NHPC was supposed to obtain the license under Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Act, but they have not completed the formalities. NHPC authorities have no respect for the local laws,” he said.
He said, “There is an agreement between the state government and the central government wherein NHPC was supposed to construct a bridge, set up a stadium, construct a bus stand besides providing employment to the local youth. But the NHPC authorities have failed to implement this agreement. They have not done anything.”
Taj said that as the Minister for PHE and Irrigation he had written to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh informing the PMO that the NHPC has not obtained any license for the project. “I had conveyed the PMO that inauguration of this project will create a new controversy,” he said.
When asked what action the state government will take if the NHPC has violated the state laws, Taj said, “The government can close the project.”
“The people of Uri will approach the High Court through a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the NHPC very soon,” he added.