The state legislative Council on Thursday witnessed uproarious scene at the end of the question hour, when National Conference (NC) member of legislative Council (MLC) Devender Rana urged the House to pass a resolution urging the government of India to transfer Dulhasti hydro electric project to Jammu and Kashmir.
Heated arguments took centre stage between Rana and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLC Syed Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, who refused to vote for a unanimous call given by Rana, regarding handing over of the project to the state government, as recommended by the Rangarajan
Andrabi apprised the House, alleging that it was the NC that handed over the project to the government of India, and how could they demand them to hand over the same to the state government, which he termed as misleading for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that the matter should be discussed thoroughly in the House if legislative Council chairman allowed the same regarding the issue and then only any consideration could be taken over it. Naeem Akhtar also charged the National Conference for selling out several projects to the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).
Meanwhile, most of the NC MLCs also supported its members who had raised the issue before the House, including its minister for sheep and husbandry Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, who extended its support, but was intercepted by the PDP MLCs saying that he had no right to argue in the matter.
Earlier, in replying to a question by Rana regarding handing over of the project, minister of state for power development department (PDD) Vikar Rasool informed that a Cabinet sub-committee was constituted vide government order number 638-GAD of 2011 dated June1, 2011, based on the Cabinet decision number 114/13/2011 dated May26, 2011, to look into several issues arising from the terms and conditions of the entrustment of the hydroelectric projects to the NHPC.
The minister said that the committee submitted its report to the government and the Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the committee. Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (SDPC) was authorised to work out the present cost of the project on the basis of internationally accepted norms prevailing in the industry, which could form the basis for negotiations with government of India and NHPC. The JK SPDC is in process of finalisaing the cost of the projects.