Srinagar: The Peoples’ Democratic Party on Friday underscored the need of return of power projects from the NHPC stating that it’s a long pending demand of the party and the government must pursue it rigorously.
The party’s General Secretary added that the power projects were given to the NHPC by the previous regime as a ‘goodwill gesture’.
“We are confident enough that the Chief Minister would thrust upon the GoI to return the power projects which were given to the NHPC as a good will gesture by the rulers of the past. The responsibility is now upon us to ensure people are accorded their due rights,” PDP General Secretary Peerzada Mansoor said.
He also termed the power scarcity in Kashmir Valley as worrisome, stating that due to previous regimes who ignored the power sector reforms in the state, people are suffering because of that.
The party said the peoples’ woes due to the power paucity in Valley particularly during the peak winter months is deeply alarming and merits concern.
Mansoor while addressing various peoples’ deputations at the party office stated that the PDP since the formation of the government in the state has been prioritizing its efforts to ensure proper supply of electricity to the people of the state. He added that the previous regimes in the state had ignored the reformation of the power sector in the state in such a ruthless way that the present scenario has been rendered as pathetic and worrying.
Mansoor said that the people shall have a major sigh of relief this year with emphasis on round the clock electricity as the transmission line having an estimated 1000Mws of power would be made functional. “We are looking forward to witness the new revolution in power sector as the Chief Minister is making hectic efforts to throw open the transmission line in October this year,” Mansoor said.
(With inputs from KNS)