Employ locals in various Hydel Power Projects: PUC Committee

The Public Undertakings Committee (PUC) of J&K Legislative Assembly headed by its Chairman, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, inspected various units of the mega power projects which includes 390 Dul Hasti HEP, 850MW Rattle Power Project, 48MW Lower Kaalnai HEP and 15 MW Choudhary power project and sought information about the generation scenario.

People of Kalnai Loopa complained about the compensation not being paid to them. Saroori gave on the spot instructions to the DDC Doda to address these problems in a time bound manner and ensure speedy disposal of all the matters beside directed the concerned officers to change the road alignment of the said road so that the affected people won’t face hardship in future time. He also said that all the submerged affected areas need immediate attention so that the further erosion of land and loss of property could be minimized.

Saroori asked the General Managers of the projects to initiate focused measures so that local people get benefitted from these Power Projects and enjoined upon the concerned officers for undertaking Local Area Development on priority. He also stressed for employing the local skilled/unskilled workers at suitable posts in various Hydel Power Projects and other ventures so that benefits of these projects percolate to the poor people of the area.

PUC directed the JKPCC department to complete earth work, mettling and shingling on 13 KM long Dunadi-Bunjwah road within a month times and stressed to complete 132 KV electric lines from Thathri-Gondoh-Kilhotran. Chairman PUC asked Kakroo to immediately take firm steps about 15 MW Chowdhary Power Project as at present only 5 MW is the utility from the project, he asked to utilize all the power of the said project, so that people of the area will be benefited with this power project.

Saroori along with the committee Members and officials also inspected the Dam Sites, Power Houses and Tunnels of all the 4 projects beside asked Mr. Kakroo complete the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Patnazi Project in a time bond period and ensure completion of Rattle Project and other under execution projects.

Later, MD JKSPDC, Mr. Mehraj Kakroo briefed the members of committee about all four power projects and said out of 390 MW, only 262 MW is being generating from Dul Hasti power project and till date only 52 days the project remained closed due to some technical faults in the Turbine, he also brief about 15 MW Choudhary project and said that with the higher officials of JKSPDC concrete solution will be taken for this project.

The members of the Committee including Legislators, M S Niaz, Charanjit Singh, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Syed Asgar Ali, and Sham Lal Bhagat, MD JKSPDC, Mr. Mehraj Ahmed Kakroo, DDC Doda Mubarak Singh, ADC Kishtwar Mohammad Hanief Malik, ADC Doda Imam Din, ALC Kishtwar Zakir Hussain Wani, Executive Engineers of NHPC, General Managers of Power projects, Senior officials from JKSPDC, NHPC, district and sectoral officers also accompanied the Committee Chairman PUC G. M. Saroori.

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