Srinagar: India’s public sector power giant NHPC Limited on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir has played a vital role in making it the “largest player in hydropower sector”.
The power giant against whom Kashmir’s civil society launched a campaign seeking return of the NHPC-run projects has claimed it is providing 12 percent free power out of its total generation in the state and has also paid water usage charges amounting to Rs 3164.95 crore to the state government up to September last year. “Jammu and Kashmir is extremely important for NHPC and the country for the point of view of hydropower potential in the state. NHPC has been associated with the state for nearly four decades since it was first handed over 345 MW Salal-I Project for construction. Since then there has been no looking back for NHPC and J&K has proved to be a most crucial location for NHPC and has played a very vital role in making NHPC the largest player in hydropower in the central sector today,” said NHPC in a handout.
“J&K receives 12 percent free power royalty from each of the seven power stations of NHPC operating in the state. During the last 23 years the seven operational power stations of NHPC have provided 17659 Million Units of Electricity equivalent to Rs 3314 crore in value upto 2015-16,” it said.
It said the NHPC has invested above Rs 18874 crore including Rs 14814 crore towards operating seven power plants and Rs 4050 crore invested towards execution of Kishanganga and Bursar projects. “The investments made by NHPC have brought about positive impact on the lives of people of J&K,” it added.
Also, it claimed to have generated employment opportunities directly and indirectly and has also undertaken several developmental initiatives under its Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainable Development (CSR-SD) scheme. “Since financial year 2010-11, NHPC has spent a total of Rs 25.64 crore (upto FY 2015-16) under various CSR-SD activities across its various locations in J&K. NHPC has recruited a total of 1370 people from J&K as regular employees in both its Executive and workmen cadre across its locations in J&K. It has further indirectly employed 1195 local people through its contractors. The establishment of NHPC residential colonies further creates numerous work and business opportunities to the local people for meeting daily necessities such as grocery requirements, house-hold items, tailoring,” it claimed.
Information accessed by J&K RTI Movement recently revealed that the NHPC has earned about Rs 19,500 crore in profits from sale of power generated at seven power plants in J&K, including Uri 1 and II plants, which generate 710 MWs of power.