Self Sufficiency in Power Generation

Self Sufficiency in Power Generation
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Self sufficiency is an idea and theme that Kashmir seems to be averse to. This is reflected in our electricity generation and distribution sector. A place like Kashmir which has been blessed with abundant water resources constitutes the ultimate irony. We should not only be generating power, round the clock for the masses but also generating a power surplus on our own , which we could export and thus generate income for our people. But, nay, we are dependent and depend on other for generating electricity. This must change. The question is how? The answer would lie with our young entrepreneurs who must foray into electricity generation and perhaps even distribution in the region. It stands to stating the obvious that electricity generation and distribution is a capital intense foray or a business(commercial) proposition. However, costs involved in these projects can be defrayed through and by entering into partnerships or joint ventures with and between native entrepreneurs. If this would be too onerous a task , then solo entrepreneurs can foray into electricity generation by making mini power stations across the length and breadth of Kashmir, wherever possible and wherever there is hydro potential. If and when this happens, on a sufficient scale and breadth, then the power condition in Kashmir will not only improve substantially and significantly but also we might be able to even export surplus power. The question that arises now is why is this not happening on a sufficient scale? Here only “reasonable speculation” can be taken recourse to. It would appear that our native entrepreneurs are either daunted and intimidated by the prospect of taking on projects of this nature. Or, they are fearful of the gestation period involved. There might be other reasons but whatever these might be, our native entrepreneurs must get over these and plunge into power generation. There are both private and public returns available here. Entrepreneurs can, after some time, earn reasonable profits and society as a whole can also benefit. And, there will accrue learning for our entrepreneurs who can then scale up and foray into more sophisticated endeavors. Moreover, we will be self sufficient in power, an important and needful goal that will be the desirable spillover effect of the potential entrepreneurial grit of our entrepreneurs. Let then these entrepreneurs gird their loins , do due diligence, grit and determination, sincerity of purpose and good faith take the leap of faith and plunge into power generation!