The Jammu and Kashmir government has sought funding for power projects under the relief and infrastructural package that has been submitted to the Centre and has demanded Rs 37,000 crores for the projects.
The Centre is going to announce a massive infrastructural package for the Jammu and Kashmir in the coming days.
A top official of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation (JKPDC) told The Indian Express that a blueprint for power projects and transmission lines was prepared and then forwarded to the state government. “We have prepared Detailed Projects Reports (DPR’s) for setting up of the power projects in the Jammu and Kashmir. And these projects will be managed by JK’s Power Development Corporation and National Hydro Power Corporation. Our proposal has been submitted to Centre along with other projects,’’ he said.
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Minister of State for Power, Mohammad Ashraf Mir said that DPRs for many projects has been submitted to the Centre by the state government. “We hope that Centre will give us generous funding so that we could generate enough power and become self sufficient in the coming days.’’ He said that state government wants exclusive funding for those projects that will be at the disposal of the state government. “Our power demands are increasing, we have resources but are unable to tap them,’’ he said.
Officials in the Power Development Corporation said that J&K has a potential to harness 20000 megawatts of electricity from its water resources, but for this the government needs massive funding.
Sources said that Centre has already agreed to fund the projects that will be managed by the NHPC and the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation. Currently, major portion of the state budget around Rs 3100 crore are spent on the purchase of power that puts burden on the state exchequer.
Apart from power, the state government has sought around Rs 40000 crores for the road projects especially four major tunnels that will help in better connectivity within the state. The tunnels will come up at Kargil, Mughal road, Tanghdar and in Jammu.
Recently Union secretaries of various departments had a detailed meeting with the officials of J-K government in which big projects related to the state were discussed. The Union Secretary of Power had a detailed discussion with state officials about the feasibility of the projects especially hydro power projects.