Ruckus over ‘power crisis’, Opposition stages walk out from House 

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By Fast Kashmir on 22/01/2018.

Srinagar, Jan 22: Opposition National Conference, Congress and others Legislative Assembly on Friday created ruckus over ‘power crisis’ in Kashmir Valley.

The question regarding the uninterrupted power supply was raised by CPI (M) leader MLA MY Tarigami and MLA Vikar Rasool while the other members including Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Usman Majeed, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Shamima Firdous, Altaf Kaloo, Aga Syed Rahulla, GM Saroori and others supported them.

Sagar was the first to leave the House and was followed by party legislators Altaf Kaloo, Larmi and Javaid Rana and Congress members Vikar Rasool, Usman Majeed and G M Saroori.

Opposition members staged the walkout as the deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, who holds the power portfolio, was replying to questions and supplementary raised by various members related to the power crisis in the state.

Sagar said: “We walked out from house over unsatisfactory answer by the deputy chief minister.” He according to GNS said that when the opposition raises any issue, “our voice is muzzled.”

The power minister accepted that the work was stopped on Alasteng, Budgam and Telbal grid stations. “The people of Kashmir are suffering immensely due to non-availability of power in sub-zero temperature.”

Sagar lashed out at the government for not dividing the regions Kashmir and Jammu over the power issue.

He said every region needs power supply but its Valley needs it uninterrupted due to winter. Sagar accused the DY CM for not giving satisfactory answer on how to tackle the power issue.

Listing the reasons forcing power cuts in peak winters and summer seasons in Kashmir and Jammu, the Deputy

Chief Minister said against registered 3101 MW load, the demand should not exceed 1551 MW, but it is around 2950 MW (un-restricted) that reflecting that there exists huge unregistered load. He said the use of unauthorized load creates system constraints by way of overloading the system at Transmission, Sub-Transmission and at distribution levels, thereby causing further distress cuts in addition to the scheduled cuts. He said because JKPDD has sufficient capacity available at all transmission levels, viz-a-vis total load registered, it makes sufficient power available for its consumers as per their contract demand. He said various centrally sponsored schemes have been launched to meet the future load growth and to improve the power supply qualitatively and quantitatively.

Replying to separate written questions by M Y Tarigami and Vikar Rasool, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu in his Power Budget in the year 2015-16, has clearly mentioned that the Government would actively pursue transfer of hydropower projects from NHPC and that year’s budget provided funds for meeting the operational and maintenance cost of such power projects to be transferred.

He said in March 2016, he along with Finance Minister met the Union Power Minister formally and impressed upon the Union Government the need for transfer of power projects of Dulhasti and Uri from NHPC to the State among other important issues of power sector. “Subsequently, this has been raised in various Power Ministers’ Conferences by me,” said the Dy Chief Minister.

Dr Nirmal Singh said that presently there is no agreement or MoU available with the State government on the terms and conditions under which Dul Hasti power Project was executed by NHPC. He said in the year 2011 a Cabinet Sub-committee was constituted to look into it and the Committee could not find any agreement or MoU. In this regard the Committee recommended constituting a Task Force of senior officers of the State to look into the circumstances leading to the misplacement of these records. Accordingly, a Task Force under the chairmanship of Administrative Secretary General Administration Department with three Additional Secretaries from PDD, GAD and Governor’s Secretariat was formed. As recorded by the Task Force, the relevant records were found missing from all the concerned offices. The task force concluded that the Cabinet decision was un-traceable and that there was not any possibility of its retrieval as the records were around four decades old and no handing over/taking over of records had taken place. (GNS)