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


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

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