Avadhesh Kaushal to return Padma Shri

Dehradun: Padma Shri awardee Avdhash Kaushal has decided to return the honour to the government to protest against stalling work at two power projects in Uttarakhand in the name of protecting environment.

Uttarakhand Government has stopped work on 480 watt Maneri Bhali power project, situated on the banks of river Ganga, and on 381 mega watt Bhaironghati power project after environmentalist Dr Guru Das Agarwal sat on a fast unto death, protesting against the two projects.

Demanding resumption of work at the two sites, Kaushal today told reporters that he will return his Padma Shri , presented to him by the government in 1986 for his contribution towards conserving environment, if work on the two projects is not resumed immediately.

Kaushal said, if on the name of conserving environment we wish to promote poverty and force poor people to live without proper power supply, then such conservation activities and awards are worthless.

The Padma Shri awardee said that he will take former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri to Supreme Court to seek compensation for the losses incurred by the state due to stalling of the two projects.

Work on the two projects was stopped on the orders from Khanduri, he said.

Bureau Report