Tehri dam issue rocks Uttarakhand assembly

Dehradun: The issue of people affected by Tehri hydro-electric project on Tuesday rocked the Uttarakhand assembly with Speaker Harbans Kapoor accepting the plea of a Congress member for a detailed discussion on it.

Before the house reassembled for the day, several Congress MLAs led by Kishor Upadhyay staged a demonstration outside the House, where the Tehri dam-affected people have been sitting on a dharna for the past several days demanding adequate compensation and basic facilities in their areas.

However, the Speaker sent Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant to convince the Congress members to take part in the proceedings of the House.

Later, raising the issue during Zero Hour, Upadhyay claimed that the previous Congress government had sanctioned several projects like schools, hospitals, drinking water and the like for these people but the new government had put them on the back burner.

He also appealed to the speaker to accept the issue for a detailed discussion keeping in view its gravity.

The speaker agreed to it but said the date for the discussion would be fixed later.

Bureau Report