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Won’t give new power projects to NHPC: Omar

CM demands unconditional return of J&K projects under NHPC

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided not to allocate new hydel power projects to the National Hydel Power Corporation (NHPC) for independent commissioning in the Valley. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has demanded that the NHPC start returning unconditionally some of the state’s hydel projects.

“I have told the Power Development Department not to hand over any new project for commissioning to the NHPC independently until the latter starts returning some of the already hydel projects with them to the state,’’ the Chief Minister told the Assembly Monday evening. “However,it is fine if they want to take up some projects in joint venture with us,but we will not give them any new project to them for commissioning independently,’’ he added.

The decision follows NHPC’s opposition to the J&K government’s demand for return of some hydel projects to the state. “While the Centre has not rejected our demand,the NHPC has become adamant over the issue. At present,talks are going on as to how much we shall pay for getting back these projects,’’ Omar said,adding that “in my opinion,time has come when they shall return some of them unconditionally as they have already earned a lot from them’’.

The J&K government would invite bids from other power companies if the proposed joint venture with NHPC fails. “If they don’t agree to joint venture,we will go for open tender and there are many people who want to participate in the power sector,’’ the Chief Minister.

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The NHPC has commissioned half a dozen hydel projects with the power generation capacity of 1,920 mega watt (MW) since 1987,while it is working on three others in the state.

‘4,081 militants surrendered in J&K since 1990’

In the past two decades,4,081 militants have surrendered in Jammu and Kashmir,Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told the state Assembly Tuesday.

“Since 1990 upto February 28,2013,4,081 terrorists have surrendered in the state of Jammu and Kashmir”,the Chief Minister said in a written reply to the question of PDP member Nizam-ud-din Bhat in the Assembly. As many as 210 terrorists have been provided monetary incentives admissible under surrender policy in the form of cash and stipend,he added. PTI