BRANWAR (BUDGAM), AUGUST 17: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday reiterated the State’s highest power potential and the firm determination of the Government to make required dent in this sector to achieve self-reliance and economic betterment. The Chief Minister said that 9000 MWs of power are in offing within next some years to realize the goal of self-reliance in power generation and helping all sectors of development to grow and expand comprehensively. This, he said would not only generate ample employment for the youth of the State but give new dimension to the economic activities. Inspecting the 7.5 MW Branwar Small Hydro Power Project (SHP) established in IPP mode in Budgam District over Doodganga Nallah, a tributary of Sukhnag, the Chief Minister also examined the possibility of utilizing the potential available there to generate yet another 22.5 MWs of power. The Chief Minister said that power development in the State has been flagged as focused area and measures have been put in place to generate electricity through small, medium and mega projects. He said PPP, IPP, Joint Ventures and JKSPDC owned projects have been launched in the State to give considerable boost to indigenous power generation.Omar Abdullah highlighted the need for local investment in power generation projects and said that entrepreneurs of the State are being provided encouraging facilities and help to invest in the sector and be part in the economic development and prosperity of the State. The Chief Minister said that about two dozen small and medium power projects are at various stages of execution under IPP mode in the State. He said construction of small projects in feasible areas are proving highly beneficial for the localities which are receiving electricity from these projects and generating economic activities. He said this initiative also provides locals the chance of getting employment in these projects. Omar Abdullah was apprised that the 7.5 MWs capacity Branwar Power Project is running satisfactorily and out of 34 skilled staff 30 are locals. Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department and other officers of the Department were accompanied the Chief Minister.