J&K : 4 power projects operational on River Chenab, 7 more proposed, Dy CM

JAMMU: The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today said a comprehensive Relief and Rehabilitation (RR) policy has been formulated for the affectees of three Power projects i.e. Pakal Dul, Kiru and Kawar in Kishtwar district wherein Rs 33 lakh would be provided for undertaking the construction for individual house, the extent of stamp duty would be limited to Rs 25 000 besides providing an amount of Rs 40,000 for construction of work shed and 25000 for cattle shed and providing a scholarship of Rs 1000 per month for undertaking studies of the children of the affected families.

The Minister was replying to the discussion held on a starred question raised by Sajad Ahmad Kichloo in the Upper House today. The Deputy Chief Minister said there are 4 power projects with 1680 MW cumulative capacity operational on River Chenab, while as 7 more projects having total capacity of 5388 MW have been proposed to be constructed on the river flowing through Chenab Valley comprising Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts.

Dr. Singh further said that the project shall now be developed by Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC). He said that the claims from the developer and the counter claims by the state government are under arbitration.

He said that, to proceed further, JKSPDC on the directions of the State government has engaged the IIT-Roorkee for valuation of the assets created by the developer. Deputy Chief Minister informed the House that JKSPDC does not engage the services on temporary basis and no staff is engaged specifically against the projects. He said that total 210 persons are at presently engaged in Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd including those on transfer or deputation basis from NHPC, State government and directly recruited by CVPP. He said among those116 are technical and 94 are non-technical.

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