Minister for Power Nawang Rigzin Jora on Monday told the legislative Assembly that the state government is expecting transfer of 390 MW Dul Hasti and 1000 MW Pukal Dul Power Projects from the centre to J&K as compensation in lieu of the disadvantages position the state has been put into due to Indus Water Treaty.
He said Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has advocated the state's point of view in this regard stressing central assistance in power and irrigation sectors to the state to make good of the losses adding that the central government has in principal agreed to transfer the two projects to the state.
Winding up the discussion on the demand of grants under his ministry, Jora presented a detailed scenario of power situation in Jammu and Kashmir alongwith the measures afoot to boost up indigenous power generation, upgradation of transmission and sub-transmission system and electrification of uncovered and partially covered villages and habitations.
He said Baghliar Power Project is likely to be completed by the end of December 2007 while Rs 700 crore Sawalakote hydel project with 1200 MW capacity, Rs 2400 crore Kiru project with 600 MW capacity, Rs 1800 crore and 320 MW Kewar project, Rs 2200 crore and 560 MW Rattel power project, Rs 7000 crore and 1000 MW Pakal Dul hydro electric project, Rs 7000 crore and 1000 MW Bursar and Rs 2100 crore and 240 MW Kirthai hydro electric project are coming up in the state in the near future. This he said would give considerable relief on account of power availability by means of local generation.
He said hydro power generation potential of the state has been registered at 20000 MWs of which 16000 MW generation identified. However, he added, huge financial resources are required to harness the available generation potential. He said at the present level of demand the state requires 4000 MWs to cater to the local requirements and on a conservative accounting about Rs 25000 to 30000 crores are required.
Saying that availability of adequate electricity is the soul of socio-economic development, Jora said that a balance between the expenditure incurred on power generation and its distribution has to be effected with the revenue realisation so that unabated losses accrued on account of power thefts and transmission losses are made good of. Comprehensive measures have been initiated to reform the power sector and make it more resource generating and people-oriented, he said.
Power minister said that in order to cut down the transmission and distribution losses and make the system more effective and upgraded, the central government has approved Rs 1350 crores for the state in principal under Prime Minister's re-construction plan. "By this we will be able to achieve the required transmission capacity in the grid system by the end of the 11th five year plan," Jora added.