Kishtwar/ Jammu, June 25 (Scoop News)-Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh today assured full tapping of Hydel Power potential available in Jammu and Kashmir, besides announced 150 MW additional Power to the state to meet the increased demand of power during the current season.
The Prime Minister was speaking after laying the foundation of Prestigious 850 MW GVK Ratle Hydro Power Project being built over Chenab River at Drabshala, about 25 Kilometre from this mountainous Township.
Second Mega Hydro Power Project in the district and third on River Chenab in Erstwhile Doda District, the 850 MW project is being developed on Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) mode by a Hyderabad based GVK Company and is targeted to be completed in 5 years.
The State Power Development Corporation had invited on Tariff Based International Competitive Bidding for the 850 MW project estimated to be completed at a cost Rs 5500 crore.
The Prime Minister said that the state has already been drawing 1664 MW power from the centre owned generating stations adding that the centre has decided to give additional 150 MW power to the state to overcome the seasonal power deficiency.
The PM described the laying of foundation of the new power project in the area as a new beginning in state’s endeavours to harness the huge 14000 MW power potential available in the state. He said that so far projects generating only 2500 MW have come up in the state adding the Centre and state governments would make every endeavour to tap this huge potential.
UPA Chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Omar Abdullah, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Members Parliament, Ambieka Soni and Lal Singh and Choudhary Lal Singh, besides Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani, Minister of State For Home, Sajjad Ahemd Kitchloo, MLAs, Mohammad Sharief Naz and G M Sarroori were also present on the occasion.
The PM also mentioned that NHPC owned Nimo Bazgo and Chuttak power projects in Ladakh are supplying 89 MW power generated in these projects to the state itself. He also said that the proposed Uri II power project in Baramulla would also be commissioned in near future adding that Rs 1629 crore project to lay Transmission line from Kashmir to Leh is under active consideration of the centre.
He also made a mention about adoption of 5 ITIs by National Hydro Power Corporation (NPHC) for infrastructural Development and said it was mulling to adopt two more such Institutions in near future. He said besides, NHPC has also decided to establish a Hydro Training Institute at Kangan for which it has already signed a MoU with the state government.
Asserting that peace and tranquillity are essential for development, the Prime Minister said that peace is gaining roots in the state and the year 2012 witnessed lowest incidents of violence in last two decades. However, he said that the incidents like one which happened yesterday in Srinagar are needed to be stopped completely.
Paying homage to the army personnel martyred in yesterday’s terrorist attack, Dr Singh said “I want to make it clear that entire country is united against the terrorists and such elements will never succeed in their evil designs”. He said that there was a need to instil confidence among the people and ensure their involvement in development and administrative affairs.
Listing developmental activities going on in the state, the Prime Minister said that centre and state governments were committed to restore peace in the state for sustainable development.
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