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PDC owes crores of rupees to IFC
9/23/2017 11:28:27 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
srinagar, Sept 23: The J&K Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) owes crores of rupees of water usage charges to the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD).
The Water Resources Act-2010 was implemented in the state under which all hydel power projects being run in J&K have to seek the permission and have to pay charges as per the usage of water.
However, the JKPDC has failed to pay water usage charges to IFCD for last two years.
"Initially, the PDC would pay. However, after that they have failed to pay water usage charges. Sometimes they pay but only a little amount and keep balance of crores of rupees," an official at the IFCD said.
However, he said, the NHPC was regularly paying water usage charges to the IFCD.
He said they charge the hydel power projects in the state as per the water they (hydel power projects) discharge for power generation.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is chairman of the PDC, which was carved out of PDD in 1995 to look after power generation.
A senior official of JKPDC confirmed that they have failed to clear water usage dues to IFCD. "But only Chief Minister who is also chairman of JKPDC can comment on this issue," he said.
He said the NHPC often fails to clear its dues in time as the state government itself was not adhering to the said Act properly.
The JKPDC has presently over 20 hydroelectric projects in different parts of the state.
As per the provisions of J&K Water Resources Act-2010, the management of all the hydel projects running in the state have to seek permission for water usage and have to pay accordingly.
In case of non-compliance by any power project, the state can, under Section 102 of the Act, stop water to the project as penalty and even its possession would not be regularized.
The Act was aimed to generate income for state by levying water usage charges on the hydro-electric projects. It was expected that levying of water usage charges would generate revenue of Rs 900 and Rs 1100 in 2012 and 2013 respectively. "But we have failed to achieve the target as the PDC was not paying water usage charges citing paucity of funds," a senior official of IFCD said.
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