Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
today said the work on the second phase of the 450 MW Baglihar
power project would start soon.
"The work on the second phase of Baglihar Hydroelectric
power project with a cost of Rs 3000 crore will be started
soon," Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said addressing a
He said the first phase of the project has already been
completed and made operational.
"The government is taking revolutionary steps to boost
the power sector in the state," he said, adding more grid and
receiving stations are being established in the state.
The government had yesterday announced that the 450 MW
Baglihar power project has been handed over to National Hydro
Power Corporation (NHPC) for its operation and maintenance.
Rather appealed to the people of the state to make proper
use of power and said the state has received only Rs 640 crore
as revenue, bearing a loss of Rs 1400 crore during the current
He said the government has formulated such comprehensive
developmental programmes under which all the areas of the
state would get equal share of progress and prosperity.
Describing unemployment in the state as a "burning
issue", Rather said the government is keen to overcome the
"The recently announced employment policy is the positive
step in this regard. The unemployed youth would be provided
stipend from April," he said.
He said the government in its 15 months tenure has
provided Government jobs to more than 20,000 educated
Referring to upcoming Panchayat and local bodies polls,
the minister appealed to the people to elect honest candidates
in the ensuing polls so that they can work with zeal and zest
for the welfare of the society as well as for the people.