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Conceived by Sheikh in 1975, Ganderbal power project remains distant dream
11/16/2018 10:34:06 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Nov 16: Though conceived over 43 years ago by none other than Sheikh Muhamamd Abdullah, no headway has been made on construction of 100 MW New Ganderbal Hydro Electric power project to overcome the shortage of electricity in the State.
The project, according to sources was conceived by former Chief Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah after he took over reigns of the State of J&K second time in 1975 after inking of Partasarthy _Beigh accord.
Sheikh who represented Ganderbal Constituency made the announcement regarding construction of new Ganderbal project during a public meeting but later its construction was delayed due to shortage of funds and as the State had already taken up construction of 105 MW Upper Sindh Hydel Project in Kangan on river Sindh on which New Ganderbal was to be constructed.
However in nineties, the Government started land acquisition for the project and some ancillary works including approach roads were constructed.
Two civil divisions were also established to start the work on the project whose headwords was to be constructed at picturesque spot Prang and the powerhouse was to be constructed near old Ganderbal project. But later work was again abandoned for unknown reasons.
Last year again the Government announced to start the work on much talked about Ganderbal Hydro Electric Project after getting clearance from Centre water commission (CWC) and other agencies of the design and drawing etc.
Officials were confident of starting work in 2017 but no headway was made in this regard later.Sources said failure of the successive governments to start the work on project especially successive NC governments whose CM represented the Ganderbal Constituency in Assembly has been a cause of concern.
Had the construction taken place at a right time the State would have overcome the power crisis to some extent, sources added.
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