Controversial Report claims J&K can become the richest region in South Asia

J&K can become the richest region in South Asia

Srinagar, February 20: If the reports in a leading daily of Jammu are be believed, a mere 10 percent part of total hydro power of the state is being utilised in the state.

The report also claims that Jammu and Kashmir has lost around Rs 87673.75 in an year due to untapping of the resources. The reports were provided to reveal the hydro power potential of Jammu Kashmir and it has made some shocking revelations.

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It has claimed that the state Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) comprises of have 20 hydroelectric projects but only 719.8 MWs electricity is produced out of these 20 projects. It is not providing any help to get the state out of the power paucity at large. While, the NHPC has three main projects which include Salal, Dul-Hasti and Uri which produce 1560 MW of power.

Jammu and Kashmir can produce 22,000 MW of power but ironically, it is producing only 1567.70 MWs hence leading to annual energy loss of 60,000 million units valuing Rs 30,000 crores.

If the unattended hydro power is utilized in the state, it can make Jammu Kashmir, the richest region in South Asia. The per capita income of people can rise from the present Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,31,600 exceeding Delhi’s per capita income of Rs 1,18,000 and Haryana with Rs 71,781.

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The River Jhelum which flows in the state, has a hydro power potential of 3560 MW but only 750.1 MWs of it is tapped and projects under construction will produce another 570 MWs. The other river Chenab has the highest potential which is calculated as 10360 MWs of which only 1563.8 MWs have been tapped and further 450 MWs are under construction. The third biggest source of hydro power in Jammu Kashmir is River Indus with the total capacity of 2060 MWs of which only 13.3 MWs have been harnessed and 90.26 MWs are under construction.

Besides, the River Ravi also has a potential of 500 MWs of power and 25.8 percent have been tapped and still 74.2 percent is available.

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