Mainstream parties, JRL should take stand on 850 MW Ratle Power Project being gifted to NHPC: Er Rasheed
Srinagar: AIP President Er Rasheed on Monday appealed mainstream and pro-resistance parties to take a stand on allowing NHPC to become 51% owner in 850 MW Ratle Power Project in Kashmir valley.
“The agreement is unfortunate and exchanging silently the MOU between officials of state power Development department and NHPC in presence of Prime Minister speaks volumes about the guilty conscience New Delhi is feeling over the issue,” Rasheed said.
He was addressing a presser at Press Club Srinagar after being released from Sub-Jail Kothi Bagh.
Appealing NC, PDP, Civil Society and joint resistance leadership to ‘move beyond words and tell New Delhi loud and clear that continuous looting of resources of Kashmiris is not acceptable’ he said that while NHPC has already failed to abide by its previous agreements made with J&K government from time to time, one fails to understand why is one more dream power project gifted to NHPC.
He accused NHPC of acting like East India Company and said that what happened to the previous MOUs, ensuring return of Power projects including Uri-I, Uri-II, Salal, Dool Hasti, Kishan Ganaga, Seva-II, Nimoo, Bazgo, Chuttak having a total output of around 2400 MW to state government.
“The MOU signed in July 2000 has been thrown to dustbin and not only the working groups but the Ranga Rajan committee had also recommended return of power projects to state government, in order to make state financially resourceful and sound. There are credible inputs that after Ratle Kirthai-1, Kirthai-2 and Sawlakote power projects having a capacity of 3200 MW will be gifted to NHPC and people of state will get nothing out of the deed,” Rasheed said.
“Let people of Jammu also understand that return of existing power projects and gifting of New ones is not issue of just one region but that of the entire state and if New Delhi respects the sentiments of people of state and the agreements made with them from time to time these power projects will bring huge job opportunities and avenues to the state,” he said.
Rasheed accused New Delhi of looting resources of J&K and reminded Prime Minister Narindra Modi of his threat given to Pakistani government of cancellation of Indus Water Treaty.
“While New Delhi has sold water resources of J&K to Pakistan at the cost of rights and interests of people of J&K, it threatens Pakistan to cancel the deal when its own interests are in danger. It is high time that New Delhi should compensate the losses suffered by J&K on account of Indus Water Treaty,” he said