Kishtwar/Jammu, June 25 (Scoop News)-Strongly advocating transfer of Dulhasti Hydro Electric Power Project to Jammu and Kashmir to enable it address increasing power supply demand and strengthen economy, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that bulk production of hydro power in the State is only way forward to ensure socio-economic welfare of the State.
Addressing a public gathering here in presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Manhoman Singh, UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, Governor, N. N. Vohra, Union Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad and various other Central and State dignitaries who arrived here to lay foundation of Ratli HEP, the Chief Minister said that optimum utilization of two great resources of ‘water and natural beauty’ possessed by Jammu and Kashmir could transform the economic and development scenario of the State.
Omar Abdullah said that State Government with the help of Union Government is endeavouring to harness the rich hydro electric potential of the State. “We want to generate surplus electricity to supply it to other parts of the Country and lay strong edifice for the economic growth and welfare of the State”, he said and reiterated the State’s demand for transfer of Dulhasti HEP to Jammu and Kashmir. He said that State Government has already taken up this matter with the Union Government.
“On this occasion, I would like to press the demand of the people of the State before the UPA Chairperson and Prime Minister for transfer of Dulhasti HEP to the State”, he said while thanking them for their highest support to Jammu and Kashmir for its holistic development.
Omar Abdullah said that during the last 9 years UPA Government at the Centre under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has extended extra-ordinary economic support to the State. He lauded the keenness of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to see Jammu and Kashmir developing fast. He sought her support for harnessing the vast hydro electric potential of Jammu and Kashmir.
“At present whenever we feel financial requirements we come to the UPA Government led by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi for support. We get it freely for the keen interest of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi in the development of the State and its people”,he said adding that if a Government not friendly towards the State as UPA Government and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi are, be at the helm at the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir will be in difficulty. “As such, we seek highest economic support from the UPA Government to establish our own power projects and stand firm on economic ground”, he maintained.
The Chief Minister also sought Rs. 600-crore package for earthquake hit families of erstwhile Doda District and said that State Government has already submitted the proposal for this package to the Union Government. He also sought special component for land compensation under PMRP-2.
Omar Abdullah said that large number of houses have damaged in erstwhile Doda District in the devastating earthquake besides severe damage to public infrastructure. “We hope that the Union Government would come forward and help the affected families to reconstruct their houses”, he said that under MPRP, the State was given special component for acquisition of land to construct roads under PMGSY. “We request same component under PMRP-2”, he said.
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