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Water Resources Act in Jammu and Kashmir
The state government would be levying water usage charges on the hydro-electric projects that will generate revenue of Rs 900 crore per year for the government. The measure is considered as the state's first move towards its economic self relian

The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced it would impose water usage charges on all major and medium hydro-electric projects in the state, a measure it described as the "first step towards its economic self-reliance".

The state will earn revenue of Rs 900 crore per year, Public Health Engineering and Irrigation Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din told media persons here.

This is the first time the state government would be levying water usage charges from the power projects, including Salal, Baglihar, and Uri. Most of these projects are run by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).

Terming the Water Resources Act as the first step towards economic self-reliance of the State, Taj said he is hopeful of realising Rs 913 crore as water usage charges for the coming year which comes out to be 25 per cent of the State’s total resource base.

He said once project like Kishan Ganga are completed, the revenue generation on account of water usage by power projects is expected to cross Rs 1500 crore.

In case of non-compliance by any power project, the state under section 102 of the Act, can stop water to the project as penalty and even its possession would not be regularised.

About the idea of the Act, the Minister said it is in vogue in counties like Australia, England and many parts of Europe. He said Jammu and Kashmir has thus become the first State in the country to have such an Act and States like Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand have asked for copies of the J&K Water Resources Act-2010.

He said inspectors for measuring water discharge at project sites have already been posted and so far 150 challans have been made regarding various violations of the Act on Jehlum in Kashmir.

Source: iGovernment