Govt fails to harness solar power potential in J&K: Apni Party

Srinagar: Alleging that government has failed to harness solar power potential in Jammu and Kashmir, Apni Party (AP) on Wednesday demanded electricity fee waiver for all commercial units and Below Poverty Line ( BPL) families.
Addressing workers at the party office in Lal Chowk, former minister and senior AP leader Mohammad Ashraf Mir alleged that the dismal performance exhibited by the J&K government in tapping the solar power potential is mainly because of its inability to remove the administrative bottlenecks.
“J&K has a topographical advantage and that is why it has the second largest solar power potential in the country. But it is highly unfortunate that the J&K government has so far failed to focus on this important sector leaving the people deprived of its benefits,” the JKAP leader remarked.
He stressed on the need for strict implementation of the schemes of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in order to harness the solar power potential in J&K which as per experts is estimated to be 111.05 Giga Watt, second highest after Rajasthan in the country.
Mir also demanded that the electricity charges on all commercial and other business establishments should be waived off because of the situation since August last year in J&K. He said that the government should also go for an electricity fee waiver for all BPL and economically downtrodden families in J&K as they have not been able to earn their livelihood since August last year.
“There has been almost no trade or business activity in any of the economic sectors since August 2019. The COVID lockdown further crippled the shopkeepers, traders, businessmen having small, medium or large commercial units in J&K. So the government should understand their difficulties and waive off the electricity and water usage charges on all commercial establishments across J&K,” he further demanded.
On this occasion, Mohsin Hassan Malik, a scholar in commerce subject from Langate Handwara joined the party in presence of several party leaders.
Besides Malik, around 20 prominent citizens from Chattabal-Batamaloo constituency joined the party in presence of the party leadership.