Thursday, May 3, 2012

World Bank Luhri hydro project in Himachal opposed

World Bank hydro project in Himachal opposed
By Baldev S Chauhan, Sun Post, May 1, 2012

Shimla : Villagers in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district held protests on
Monday against the building of the 775 MW Luhri hydro electric project
in the state .

Around 78 villages are to be affected by the 38 km long twin tunnels
proposed to be built by the state run Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd(SJVNL) .

They allege SJVNL hasn't even taken an NOC under the latest forest
rights act .

Dayal Verma spokesman of the villagers told the Sun Post that local
villages are against the design of the project .

"The local village council has passed a resolution for stopping the
testing work in the area as this is in violation of the forest rights
act ," they claim .

They said the power company building the project should first seek the
required green clearances .

Green activists are also opposed to the "completely killing of the free
flowing of Sutlej river over a stretch of 50 km ," said Nek Ram Sharma
of the Sutlej Jan Sangarsh Samiti .

"We have noticed in all such projects in the state the construction of
tunnels are responsible for drying up of natural water sources around
them , we don't want this to happen here ," said Sharma .

Last month the union ministry of environment's committee had deferred
the decision on the forest clearance to this project on several grounds .

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