The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Saturday talked about the issue of return of power projects by NHPC to the state as of significant importance, saying that losses caused to the state on account of Indus Water Treaty (IWT) are enormous.
In a high level meeting of officials from Union Power Ministry and state Power development department Omar Abdullah Said “The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been put to disadvantageous position.”
He said that due to this treaty, Jammu and Kashmir cannot utilize its water resources to its will for generating hydro power, irrigating agriculture fields and providing drinking water to the people.
Abdullah also pointed out the hurdle caused by the Indus Water Treaty in launch of huge water supply project for Greater Jammu to utilize Chenab water to meet the requirements of the people for next 25 years.
“The issue of return of power projects by the NHPC to the state was of significant importance and critically essential for the energy supply and economic development in Jammu and Kashmir.” he added.
He said while sufficient measures were taken to upgrade the infrastructure and improve power distribution and transmission system, the focus remained on indigenous power generation.