Jammu: The government on Thursday informed the lower house that transfer of power projects from the NHPC is an important part of the state government’s development agenda.
To NC legislator Devinder Singh Rana’s question, the government said,’’ Finance Minister in the Power Budget speech 2015- 2016 has mentioned that transfer of hydel projects, and in this regard the budget has provided funds for meeting the operation and maintenance cost of such power projects to be transferred from the NHPC.’’
Replying to another related question, the government said that deputy chief minister and finance minister had met the union Power Minister formally and impressed upon the union government the need for transfer of Dulhasti and Uri power projects from the NHPC to J&K besides raising other important issues of power sector.
Dulhasti power plant in Kishtwar has been built by NHPC. It provides power to the Northern Grid with beneficiary states being Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan. Uri project was built by NHPC in 1989.
While replying to another question by Vikar Rasool Wani regarding the present power generation and steps being taken for increasing its capacity, the government replied that current power generation in the state is 1221.96 Megawatt in the government sector, 42.5 MW in the independent power producer sector and 2009 MW in the central sector [NHPC], aggregating to 3233.46 MW.
The government further said, “However, Jammu and Kashmir state power development corporation has prepared an ambitious roadmap for addition of 8917 MW.”