NHPC not inclined to return power projects: CM

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is not inclined to return power projects to the state as the Corporation earns 50 percent of its profits from Jammu and Kashmir.
Replying to supplementary questions by members in the Legislative Assembly over any specific timeframe under which NHPC will handover Uri and Salal power projects to the state, Omar said it is the priority of the government as Cabinet has also approved the Sub-Committee report to suggest ways on initiating the process for return of these power projects.
“I assure the House that we are committed to get back power projects, despite the fact that NHPC is not happy with our efforts. My government has also initiated the process to convince New Delhi about our demand”, Omar said.
Chief Minister said reforming power sector is the focal point of the government and stress is more on generation, distribution and revenue realization so that losses are minimized.
He said while the Rangarajan Committee has recommended transfer of Dulhasti power project to the state, the matter is being vigorously pursued with the central government.
“State government will secure its interest and law department is also examining on how to proceed in respect of our claims for Rs 2350.85 crore from NHPC on account of the losses suffered in absence of any agreement to this effect”, he said.
Omar said the PDD has already engaged the consultant Price Water House Cooper for restructuring of PDD, including its unbundling and corporatization. “The recommendations of the consultants will take care of the requirements and deficiency of staff shortage in various wings of department. The government has in principle agreed to regularize services of daily wagers against available Class IV vacancies under the provision of J&KPDD (Subordinate) Service Recruitment Rules 1981”, he said.
Earlier while responding to the question of CPI (M) member, MY Tarigami, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj-Mohi-ud-Din said the cabinet Sub-Committee constituted by government has recommended transfer of Salal and Uri power projects to Jammu and Kashmir.
He said as regards Uri project, the JKSPDC has been authorized to workout the present cost of project on the basis of internationally accepted norms prevailing in the industry which can form the basis for further negotiation with centre.
Taj said that water usage charges payable by NHPC since 11-11-2010 to 30-09-2011 are Rs 543.761 crore out of which Rs 480.61 crore have been received till ending December 2011 for Salal, Uri, Dulhasti and Sewa-II hydroelectric projects.
Source: Greater kashmir

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