Power projects await execution

Power projects await execution
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Jammu and Kashmir government has not awarded a single power project for execution during past two-and-a-half years.
These power projects were to be funded under Prime Ministers Developmental Package (PMDP) but these didn’t see the light of the day due to unknown reasons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Srinagar had announced Rs 80,000 crore “developmental package” for the state out of which at least Rs 2000 crore were kept aside for preparation of detailed project reports and implementation of the projects with capacity ranging from 10-MW to 25-MW.
It’s strange that despite Jammu and Kashmir facing acute power shortage the PDP-BJP coalition literally slept over these projects and did not take any initiative to set the ball rolling.
One fails to understand what stopped the PDP-BJP regime from executing these projects despite enough funds being available with them. Of the 15 projects ten are to be set up in Ladakh, three in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Pir Panchal regions.
These projects are still caught in official wrangles. Many people believe that if the Governor’s rule continues in J&K for a few more months these projects could see the light of the day. Since the day Governor Vohra has taken over the reins of the state he has expressed displeasure over the tardy pace of the projects and has directed the officials to ensure that developmental works are expedited.
One hopes that besides these power projects other developmental projects too become a reality and things which had become stagnant during the previous regime start moving. The administrative inertia has to end for J&K to be put on the path of progress and prosperity.