Governor address

In his address to the joint session of State Legislative Assembly, Governor N.N. Vohra exhibited confidence about gradual return of normalcy to the State after a long spell of violence. Praising security forces and the army for making huge sacrifices, he said that their contribution would be written in golden letters. The Governor was confident that while the situation was incrementally returning to normalcy there would appear the possibility of reducing the number of troops in the State. Referring to militancy related incidents he said these had decreased from 188 in 2011 to 118 in 2012.

Referring to the influx of tourists, he said the number of tourists and the pilgrims to the holy shrines had increased considerably and it was expected that during the current season there would be a sizable increase in the number of tourists. In the case of power generation, which has come under severe criticism by the press and the civil society, the Governor said that the State has the capacity to generate more than 20,000 MWs of power, against which only 2461 MWs have been harnessed so far. Besides fast tracking the completion of ongoing projects in the Central sector, a multi-pronged strategy has been evolved which focused on new hydro-electric projects being set up under the State sector, under the joint venture mechanism and under the Independent Power Producers Mode. For strengthening the power sector, projects with an additional capacity of more than 6,000 MWs have been identified for being taken up during the 12th Five Year Plan, Vohra said.


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