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NHPC 'agrees' to return 2 power projects to JK
Shot in arm for Mehbooba
2/8/2017 12:06:24 AM
Peerzada Ummer
Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 7: The Centre is likely to return at least two power projects to Jammu and Kashmir by April this year.
Sources said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's recent stay at New Delhi was primarily focussed on return of power projects from the power giant NHPC to the state. In the backdrop of the mounting power deficit in the state and government's spending of at least 20 thousand crores rupees for the purchase of power from the Northern Grid, Mehbooba was pursuing the matter rigorously with the central power ministry.
Sources said the nod over return of two power projects-Uri-I and Dulhasti-has been given by the Union power ministry and that a formal announcement in this regard shall be made within days.
"It is likely that the major development in this regard shall take place in April this year or even prior to that," sources said.
They said the state government has been holding discussions over the issue with the Centre since June 2015.
Pertinently, the successive regimes in the state have failed to get compensation for its water resources from NHPC as it owes Rs 20,000 crores to the state as compensation for the power generated from the water resources.
Experts are of the opinion that out of the 20,000 MW of power that the state has the potential to generate, 15,000 MW can be exported to other states and good amount of revenues can thus be earned through it.
From the NHPC the state purchases power worth billions of rupees and despite having the potential of generating 30,000 MW of power, 25 per cent of state's
Scenario won't
change
Given the ongoing scenario of power, there will be no let off in the problems of masses for many years as on one hand the distribution losses are already high and state has so far tapped very less hydro potential.
opulation, as per figures, is without electricity.
As per information provided by the NHPC, between 2001-2015 the NHPC has earned at least Rs 194 billion (Rs 19,431 crores) from the sale of power generated by the hydel projects based in J&K. Of this, J&K government had paid Rs 41 billion (Rs 4,129 crores) to NHPC to buy 19.7% of the power that was generated by the hydel projects situated in the State.
The NHPC is running seven hydroelectric power projects in the J&K which include Salal, Uri-I, Dulhasti, Sewa-II, Uri-II, Chutak and Nimmo Bazgo. Official documents reveal that NHPC has generated 1, 15,636 million units of power from these projects from 2001 to March 2016.The NHPC data reveals that Salal has generated saleable energy 2973.54 MU in 2014-2015 and earned a profit of Rs 302.31 crore by selling power to different utilities in the country. Uri-I has generated 2635.70 MU saleable energy, with a profit of Rs 417.87 crore in 2014-15.Dulhasti has generated saleable energy of 1850.94 MU in 2014-15 with a profit of Rs 1068.19 crore. Sewa-II has generated 479.60 saleable energy with a profit of Rs 221.26 crore. Uri-II has generated saleable energy of 1008.87 MU with a profit of Rs 467.52 crore, Chutak have generated 158.76 MU with a profit of Rs 132.41 crore and Nimmo Bazgo has generated saleable energy of 194.25 MU with a profit of Rs 175.45 crore respectively. Seven hydel projects were handed over to the NHPC for funding, execution and operation over a period of 10 years under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the J&K Government and GoI.
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