JAMMU: Minister of State for Power Asiea Naqash on Monday informed the legislative assembly that the government will actively pursue the transfer of hydel projects from the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
“As mentioned by the Finance Minister in the Power Budget speech in the year 2015-16, the government will actively pursue transfer of hydel projects from NHPC,” she said, adding that the state budget also provided funds for meeting the operation and maintenance cost of power projects that are to be taken over from NHPC.
Replying to a question by National Conference legislator Devender Singh Rana, Naqash said that on March 16, 2015, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Finance Minister met the Power Minister formally and impressed upon the Union Government the need for transfer of power projects of Dul Hasti and Uri from NHPC to the state (of J&K). Subsequently, the issues have been raised by the Deputy Chief Minister in various Power Ministers’ Conferences, she said.
Responding to another part of the question, Naqash said that the Chenab Valley Power Projects (CVPP) company has been entrusted with implementing the Pakal Dul HEP 1000 MW, Kiru HEP 624 MW, and Kawar HEP 450 MW projects in Kishtwar. She said the investment approval for Pakal Dul has been received while it is yet to come for Kiru and Kwar HEPs. She further informed that in addition to the above, Dul Hasti Stage-II HEP has also been entrusted to CVPP and the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for this project shall be taken up soon. She said that tendering is in progress for these projects and construction of major structures of the projects would be taken up thereafter.