Jammu: Embarrassing their own government, PDP legislators Javeed Mustafa Mir and Altaf Bukhari on Friday blamed the government for the failure of Smart City master plan in Srinagar and also the electricity crisis.
In the legislative assembly, Javeed Mir said that officials of the Power Development Department were telling consumers how to hook transmission lines for stealing electricity.
“We are announcing schemes of metering to legalise the use of power, but on the ground is a nexus between Power Development Department and consumers,” Mir said.
He said he had “dared” to raise the issue of power theft, which could make him lose the “vote bank”, but he did so because “it is the Almighty who makes us victorious.”
“We have to keep doing the right thing,” he said.
He asked deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh why the government was unable to solve the power crisis in the state. “Water is our white gold, we should utilise it,” he said. “There is gross corruption on the ground in the management of power,” he said.
He said that the Government of India should return to JK government the power projects owned by NHPC. “Even Punjab and other states of India are benefiting from our power resources,” he said, adding, “You already took our clothes, our skin, our muscles and our bones too, what else you need more.”
Mir also said that by declaring the region between Parimpora to Athwajan as a green belt, the government was doing injustice with scores of flood-affected families by disallowing them construction of their houses and shops. He said that the region is not in the vicinity of Dal Lake and hence should not be a green belt.
PDP’s Altaf Bukhari criticised deputy CM and Power Development minister Nirmal Singh, saying that two years have passed but still the government is not clarifying its policy on power generation and return of power projects from NHPC.
On the Smart City proposal of the government, he said, “Let them construct a Smart Street in Srinagar first, then we will see about the smart city.”
Another sitting MLA of the PDP, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, left the Deputy CM red-faced by accusing him of giving his favourite officers additional charges in the Housing and Urban Development Department, which has created chaos in the urban development process. He demanded the immediate posting of designated officers on positions that are being held as additional charges.