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Uma Bharti on fast seeking review of hydro power projects

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti began a fast in Haridwar demanding a review of all hydropower projects being developed on the Ganges river.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 21:52 PM IST

Haridwar: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday began a fast here demanding a
review of all hydropower projects being developed on the
Ganges river.

Bharti reached Chandi ghat area, performed a `yajna` and
began the fast inside a tent.

Later, talking to reporters, Bharti said all hydropower
projects, small or big, being developed on the Ganges river in
the Himalayan region should be reviewed and work on the
projects stopped till a decision is taken on their fate.

She also demanded the setting up of a separate board on
the Ganges river.

Bharti said she would continue her fast till Ganga
Dussehra next month.

She claimed the existence of old temple of Dhari Devi
is in danger due to the construction of Alaknanda power
project at Srinagar as it would submerge the shrine.

She also opposed the idea of shifting of the temple to
elsewhere stating that the temple has been a centre of faith
for the people living in the area.

PTI