Even 10 months after inauguration by PM, work on ‘Rattle’ yet to start: Saroori

KISHTWAR: It was about 10 months ago when Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-inaugurated the prestigious 850 MW Rattle Power Project, the work on which hit the road blockade following the fiasco between the GVK Limited and L&T after the main developer faced the financial crisis, thus showing inability to carry forward the construction work on the power project in district Kishtwar.

This was stated by J&K Congress Committee vice president and former R&B Minister, GM Saroori while meeting with various deputations from Drabshalla and Bunjwah blocks.

He said earlier, the project was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during UPA- II Government in presence of former CM of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad, seniors NC leader, Omar Abdullah and others.

Saroori said that J&K Govt failed to resume work on Rattle Power Project. He said 6 years had passes since the Rattle project was abandoned, Jammu and Kashmir Government failed to make any headway.

He said though the people and political class was against handing over the project to NHPC that will cause major dent to J&K economy, but unemployed youths are keen and are waiting for the restoration of work. He said that Union Government should hand over the 390 MW Dul- Hasti Power Project to J&K for compensating the losses suffered by the UT of J&K due to implementation of GST and abolition of Lakhanpur Toll Plaza that will cause Rs 1500 crore losses to J&K annually.

Saroori said once touted as big hope for the power deficit Jammu Kashmir, 850-MW Rattle Hydroelectric Power Project (RHEPP) is in limbo for the past 6 years, after the developer fled the project site midway.

He expressed concern over the Government's failure to tap up the water potential in Drabshalla area of Inderwal constituency for the generation of electricity. He said large number of youth have become idle after the company abandoned the work in 2014.

Former minister urged the Government to take appropriate steps in starting the work on the Rattle power project.

 

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