Central team in Uttarkashi for talks on Bhagirathi projects

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 20:03

Dehradun: A high-level Central government
team led by Environment and Forest Secretary Vijay Sharma and
Power Secretary H S Brahma are on a visit to Uttarkashi to
assess the situation following the suspension of three power
projects on Bhagirathi river.

The team held talks with people during which local
representatives, social activists and religious leaders
expressed their views, official sources today said.

The Uttarakhand government had announced suspension of
480 MW Pala Maneri and 381 MW Bhaironghati power project last
year under pressure from noted environmentalist G D Agrawal,
who went on an indefinite fast demanding immediate closure of
projects on Bhagirathi river.

Following suit, the Centre also announced suspension of
600 MW Lohari Nagpala project being constructed by the
National Thermal Power Corporation.

To decide on these projects, the Centre has set up a
Ganga River Basin Authority (GRBA).

After assessing the situation, the team would prepare a
report and submit it to the government, sources said.


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First Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 20:03

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