J&K on road to electricity self reliance: Omar

Srinagar,July 19 (Scoop News) – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday said that his government has flagged power sector as one of the most important concerns in the State’s development policy for its crucial economic significance and employment generation aspects.

"Innovative initiatives have been put in place under the new hydro electric policy to catapult indigenous power generation. Equal attention is on upgrading and improving transmission and distribution system to obtain substantial results and bring about healthy change in the State’s present power scenario", he said adding that various mega, medium and small power projects taken in hand for execution have put the State on road to self reliance in electricity.

The Chief Minister was reviewing the status on various power generation projects at the 65th Board of Directors meeting of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC).

Omar Abdullah said that under a multipronged strategy the State’s hydro power potential is being harnessed in right direction alongwith taking to the new and renewable energy resources available in the State. He said new projects under the State sector, as joint ventures and in IPP and PPP modes are being realized under the new power policy to make remarkable dent in this sector.

The Chief Minister underlined the need for time bounding the completion of power projects by the JKSPDC stressing on monitoring the construction schedules regularly. He said the initiatives taken by the coalition government on power generation and its distribution will show substantial results in near future providing substantial relief to the people. "It will also help in a big way for industrialization, enhancement of economic activities and employment generation", he added.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Finance, M. I. Khandey, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary Power, Sudhanshu Pandey, Managing Director JKSPDC, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Company Secretary JKSPDC, Sunil Gupta and other senior officers.

The meeting discussed matters pertaining to the implementation of 1.5 MW 3rd Unit of Pahalgam power project, under execution power projects at Dah and Hanu in Ladakh, setting up of 5 MW Geo-thermal technology demonstration-cum-resource assessment project at Pugah Leh, implementation of 450 MW Baglihar HEP Stage-II, restoration of Wangath link of 105 MW Upper Singh HEP Stage-II, implementation of HEPs on BOOT basis, utilization of MNRE financial support for power development in the State, availing of clean mechanism benefits of HEPs, implementation of Karthai-I and II, Parnai, Lower Karnai, New Ganderbal, Sawalkote and other power projects.

The meeting also discussed the budget of the Corporation for 2012-13 and other issues relating to engagement of consultants, making JKSPDC a listed company, power generation during 2011-12 and first quarter of 2012-13.

In a PowerPoint presentation, the Managing Director JKSPDC presented detailed account of the functioning of the Corporation and its achievements on various counts. He said that besides working on the implementation of hydro power projects, the JKSPDC has cleared all decks to launch Geo-thermal technology-cum-resource assessment project at Leh to open new vistas for harnessing thermal energy.

Basharat Ahmad said that the prestigious Rs. 3113 crore Baglihar HEP Stage-II with generation capacity of 450 MW is under fast track implementation. He said that the 1st Unit of the project is likely to be completed by May 2015 while 2nd Unit is targeted for June 2015 and 3rd Unit by August 2015. He also explained the modus-operandi of the financial closure of the Baglihar HEP State-II.

The Managing Director JKSPDC informed the meeting that the Corporation has received as many as 61 responses from various bidders for the construction of 10 power projects under BOOT basis. He said 8 more projects are being tendered out under this mode. The projects include 40 MW Ans-I, 45 MW Bichilari, 12 MW Girjan ki Gali, 7 MW Chenani, 27 MW Wangath, 10 MW Mawar, 6 MW Boniyar, 7 MW Chandanwari, 8 MW SEWA, 10 MW Erin, 6.5 MW Gulberg, 16 MW Phagla, 4 MW Bringi, 4.5 MW Shaliganga, 6 MW Nihama, 9 MW Sukhnag, 6 MW Paddar and 21 MW Bunjwa.

Basharat Ahmad also presented resume of the implementation status of projects namely 240 MW Karthai-I and 990 MW Karthai-II, 850 MW Ratley, 48 MW Lower Karnai, 93 MW New Ganderbal, 1856 MW Sawalkote and 37.5 MW Parnai.