Indus Treaty coming in way of tapping full hydel: J&K govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 00:09

Jammu: Batting for compensation from the
central government on the issue of Indus Water Treaty (IWT),
Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the relevant
provisions of the treaty are coming in the way of the state in
utilizing its full hydel and irrigation potential.

"The relevant provisions of Indus Water Treaty are
coming in the way of the state in utilizing its full hydel and
irrigation potential", Minister for Public Health Engineering
Irrigation & Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din said in the
legisaltive assembly while replying to the discussion on the
demands of grants of his Ministry here today.

The Minister said the present government is making
serious efforts to put up the state`s case with the Centre for
compensation. In this regard, he said, area mapping to know
the exact land irrigated and water tapped is being done.

He said that to work out the losses the Centre has sought
the services of a consultancy whose report is expected.

Terming the Water Resources Management Act of 2010 as
a "landmark" step in preserving the water resources of the
state, the Minister said it is hoped that the state would earn
revenue of Rs 863 crore annually as user charges from several
power projects operating in the state.

He regretted that while setting up hydel projects like
Salal, Dul Hasti and Uri-I no formal MoUs were signed with the
state government but now section 102 of the Act makes it
mandatory for the companies to register themselves with the
State Water Resources Regulatory Authority.

Taj said the first set of bills amounting to Rs 66
crore have been generated, out of which the J&K State Power
Development Corporation has made the payment while as NHPC has
sought two months time.

On Ravi Tawi project, Taj said it was planned in 1973,
out of which J&K was supposed to get 0.65 MCAF of water.

However, he said when the J&K constructed canal upto Lakhanpur
Punjab government came with the plan of constructing joint
Ranjit Sagar Dam, which was built on the 65 per cent area of
the state.

However, he said neither power nor water was given to the
state for which J&K waited for 30 years. He said as a
result 1.2 lakh kanals of land in Kathua-Samba-Jammu district
could not be irrigated.

The state government has decided to construct the
remaining portion of the canal from Satwain to collect its
share of water from the Ravi for which the DPR has been
prepared and the government is getting complete report of the
Rs 273-crore project by the end of this month.

On availability of drinking water, Taj said the
government has made a Rs 1100-crore plan for lifting water
from Chenab river to meet growing needs.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 00:09

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