Power projects: Rehabilitation policy for displaced

Bilaspur: The Centre has formulated a policy to rehabilitate people uprooted from their land due to various power projects, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said today.

Shinde was here to inspect the project site of 800 MW Kol Dam project executed by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Mandi and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh. It is likely to be commissioned by 2012, he said.

"The Union Government has formulated a policy to rehabilitate people displaced due to execution of various power projects," he said.

The ministry has set a target to generate 78,000 MW power by the end of 11th plan, the minister said.

The Kol Dam is a 'Run of the River' project that would prevent accumulation of silt, which hinders power generation process, he said.