JK CM calls for proactive North-north Cooperation
Srinagar, June 11 (Scoop News) -Describing water key resource for comprehensive development of
Addressing the 7th International Hydel Power Convention at SKICC here, the Chief Minister said that
Omar Abdullah said that the State Government has recently announced series of policy reforms and initiatives in this regard alongwith notifying
“To cut short the long gestation period which is discouraging sector for private investors, the State Government has initiated several measures and facilities for the quick development of projects”, he said adding that single window clearance system through a Committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been put in place besides other institutionalized mechanism for fast tracking the implementation of the projects. He said 10 projects with an aggregate capacity of 172 MWs have been advertised and the response is encouraging.
The Chief Minister said that to mobilize a huge investment of over Rs. 2 lakh crores to harness the hydro electric potential of the State is not possible for the government alone but required active participation of private players and financial institutions. He said to move forward on this path a multipronged strategy has been approved for setting up projects as State owned ones, through joint venture mechanism, PPP mode and on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis.
Omar Abdullah said that under this strategy a roadmap has been drawn up for generating around 800 MWs of hydel power in the State during next two plans. He said 15 projects of the capacity of about 2034 MWs including 3 in State sector, 4 in Centre sector and 8 in private sector have been allotted and are under execution in full swing. He said more 30 projects with a capacity of 6,647 MWs have been planned for execution. “These include 8 projects in the State sector, one in Centre sector, 3 as joint ventures and 18 in the private sector”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that 5 State owned projects of about 200 MW capacity and one joint venture project with 1000 MW capacity have been tendered out and are expected to be awarded shortly. He said the flagship projects in the State sector namely 1856 MW Sawlakote and 990 MW Karthai-II are in the process of seeking TEC and CEA. He said to enhance the power generation capacity and to push the approach of partnership in harnessing the potential, 2120 MW Pakaldul Kiru and Kawar projects are being executed in joint venture with NHPC and PTC. He said 1000 MW Pakaldul has been already tendered out.
The Chief Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir has unique distinction in the Country in awarding 850 MW Rattle Mega Hydro Power Project on BOOT system through tariff based competitive bidding process and the project is being implemented on fast track.
Omar Abdullah said that that the reforms process in the power sector has already been set in motion and J&K Energy Conservation Act 2011 has been enacted. He said the process of unbundling of the power sector has been carried forward with creation of separate State Transmission and Distribution utility and power sector reforms in all major towns have been initiated which are also being extended to smaller towns. He said transmission capacities at high voltage level are under augmentation to remove system constraints.
Underlining the power potential as the most precious resource for
Omar Abdullah said that the turnaround in finance generation in a State like Jammu and Kashmir straightly depends on water resources as such the imposition of water utilization charges on power companies is right decision of his government. He said that he would like the NHPC to relook its terms and conditions regarding the implementation of hydro electric projects taking a leaf from the agreement the State has entered with the private power company regarding construction of Rattle Hydro Electric Project. “Otherwise State would be reluctant to award future projects to NHPC”, he asserted and said that
Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has long history and experience in the generation of hydro power, the Chief Minister said that his government has put in place a well defined policy for power generation which provides interest and level playing field for investors interested in micro, small, medium and large projects under IPP, PPP, Joint Ventures and on BOOT basis. He asked the power companies and investors to look towards
On power evacuation system, Omar Abdullah underlined the need for developing a comprehensive and integrated transmission network instead of laying individual dedicated lines. He said that the State has proposed a Pooling Station of 765 KV in
The Chief Minister also advocated modification in the MoP notification of 2006 by Government of India and said that the projects up to 100 MW capacity should not require the TEC from CEA and be left to the State agencies. He also talked about the financial closure of the projects and called for easy access to affordable credit for timely execution of the projects.
Omar Abdullah also underscored the need for North-north cooperation in managing natural resources judiciously and optimally and preserving these for present and future generations. He said the convention on the hydro sector by Himalayan States including
The Convention was also addressed by Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan who presented complete scenario of present power status of
Union Power Secretary, D. Vijai Singh and Principal Secretary State Power Development Department, Sudhanshu Pandey presented the keynote addresses while Chairman NHPC, A. B. L. Srivastav and President India-Tech Foundation (IPF) also spoke on the occasion.
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