Only NHPC can run JK hydro-power projects, says BJP

‘If projects are returned to JK, who will run them and how’

Srinagar: The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday stated that the power giant NHPC only can run the hydro-power projects in Jammu and Kashmir and that royalties can be discussed with the corporation but not the return.

The BJP general secretary Ashok Koul said that his party believes that the NHPC is biggest company in India and is capable of running the power projects in the state.

“What will we do with those projects if NHPC returns them to the state? Who is going to run them and how? BJP believes that the projects should remain with the NHPC,” said the party’s general secretary.

He added that though he cannot comment on government’s behalf but it would be wise enough if the state government discusses the quantum of power being given to Jammu and Kashmir by the power giant instead of pitching for the return of the power projects being presently run by the NHPC.

Pertinently, a senior PDP leader and minister in the present coalition Abdul Rahman Veeri had stated that the government was rigorously pursuing the issue of the return of the power projects from the NHPC and has been actively striving for the same.

“We haven’t given up the demand over the return of the power projects. We have this mentioned in the agenda of alliance that we signed with the BJP ahead of forming the government in the state,” Veeri had said earlier this week.

However, Koul said that the issue has to be understood on merits and that the state can ask for more royalty from the NHPC but has to think twice before asking for the return of these projects.



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