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U`khand to be compensated if hydel project is scrapped: Ramesh

As a GoM meets on Sunday to decide the fate of 600 MW Loharinag Pala hydel power project in Uttarakhand, the Centre has said the state would be adequately compensated in case the project is scrapped.



New Delhi: As a GoM meets on Sunday to decide the fate of 600 MW Loharinag Pala hydel power project in Uttarakhand, the Centre has said the state would be adequately
compensated in case the project is scrapped.

"The final decision whether NTPC-owned Loharinag Pala will be scrapped or allowed to continue will be decided at the meeting, but on my part, I would like to assure that the state government will be adequately compensated if needed," Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told a news agency.

However, he did not elaborate on the details of the
proposed compensation.

The issue would be discussed at a meeting headed by
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and attended by Power
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ramesh besides other senior
officials concerned.

The meeting would review the study of an expert panel
comprising members from the Central Water Commission (CWC),
Environment ministry, IIT and NTPC on the possible
environmental consequences of abandoning the project midway.

Work on the Loharinag-Pala dam had commenced in 2005 at
an investment of Rs 2,200 crore, but it was suspended last
year by the Environment ministry following concerns raised by
the green lobby and locals that the free flowing character of
Bhagirathi river has almost come to a halt due to the project.

The government has already scrapped two proposed hydel
projects on Bhagirathi river to ensure its free flow. The
Bhaironghati project was expected to generate 381 MW of power,
while the Pala-Maneri project`s proposed capacity was 480 MW.

The Uttarakhand government has been demanding that the
hill state should be compensated with 2,000 MW of free power
in lieu of scrapping of hydel projects.

PTI

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