Advocating transfer of Dulhasti Hydro Electric Power Project to Jammu and Kashmir to enable it to address the increasing power supply demand and strengthen economy, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said bulk production of hydro power in the state is the only way forward to ensure socio-economic welfare of the state.
"Optimum utilisation of two great resources of water and natural beauty possessed by Jammu and Kashmir could transform the economic and development scenario of the state," Abdullah said while addressing a public gathering in the presence of prime minister Manhoman Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Governor NN Vohra, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad after laying foundation for Ratli Hydro Electric Power Project here at Dharabdhala.
The chief minister said that the state government, with the help of the centre 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 added.
He, however, reiterated the state's demand for transfer of Dulhasti HEP to Jammu and Kashmir. The state government has already taken up this matter with the Union Government, he added.
"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 it", he said while thanking them for their highest support to Jammu and Kashmir for its holistic development.
Abdullah said that during the last nine years, the UPA government at the centre under the chairmanship of Gandhi has extended extraordinary economic support to the state.
"At present whenever we feel financial requirements we come to the UPA government for support. We get it freely for the keen interest of Gandhi in the development of the state and its people", he said. If a government, not friendly towards the state as the UPA government and Ms Gandhi are, is at the helm at the Centre, then Jammu and Kashmir will be in difficulty.