The government Saturday said that two of its ministers last year held a meeting with the Centre for transfer of power projects of Dul Hasti and Uri from NHPC to State.
“On 16 March 2015 the Deputy Chief Minister and the Finance Minister met the Union Power Minister formally and have impressed upon the Union Government the need for transfer of power projects of Dul Hasti and Uri from NHPC to State among other important issues of power sector,” Minister for Power Development Department Dr Nirmal Singh said in a written reply to question of MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami.
Singh said the transfer of power projects is an important part of the developmental agenda of the BJP-PDP coalition. Deputy CM said that as stated in the Agenda of the Alliance, in order to address the real source of J&K’s fiscal problem and pave the way for making J&K a fiscally autonomous state, state government will work with the union government to, inter-alia, explore modalities for transfer Dulhasti and Uri hydro power projects as suggested by Rangarajan Committee Report and Round Table reports.
He said that to work out the present cost of the power projects of NHPC in the State, an independent consultant was hired by J&K State Power Development Corporation Limited and based on the documents available in public domain like audited balance sheets and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) orders, the Consultant had calculated the present cost of Salal, Uri-I, Dulhasti, Uri-II, Sewa-II, Nimo-Bazgo and Chutak HEPs.
“The report of the Consultant is under examination in the J&K SPDC.” The Minister said that JKSPDC has initiated a fresh bidding process to engage a consultant for quantification of losses suffered by J&K on account of Indus water treaty. “The fresh bidding has been necessitated because the successful bidder of the first bidding process refused to undertake the study,” Singh, who is deputy CM of the state, said.
In another question by Tarigami, the minister said the Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) scheme is not delayed.
“In fact, the Ministry of Power, GOI approved the Standard Bidding Document (SBD) on 15-03-2016. The scheme stands sanctioned for Rs.616.11 crores. On the question of improvement in power sector in Kulgam Assembly segment, he said the order for procurement of power transformer for augmentation of 132/33 KV Grid Station Kulgam has been placed and is likely to be received by July 2016.“The status of receiving stations Behibagh, Chambgund, & Rambhama stands taken up.”