Hydro power project in Uttrakhand under environ min scrutiny

New Delhi: The Government has warned Alakananda Hydro Power Company Limited (AHPCL) of closure of its project in Uttarakhand for its failure to comply with environmental norms at the site.

"After examination of the monitoring report of the Srinagar Hydro Electric Project, we found that the work for the catchment area treatment is yet to be started by the forest division.

"Similarly, afforestation and green belt work at the site is yet to be commenced," an Environment Ministry official said.

The ministry has also taken serious note of the fact that a firm assigned to formulate plans for the stability of slopes on the reservoir periphery through engineering and biological measures had not submitted the report to it.

The official pointed out that while the company is wanting on various environmental compliances, the site inspection report has shown that construction work of the project is going on a fast pace and it is likely to be commissioned within next two years.

AHPCL is implementing the 320 MW project over Alaknanda river in Srinagar under an agreement signed with governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in February 2006.

Taking serious view in the matter, the ministry warned the project promoter that if the work on environmental compliances does not progress pari passu (in consonance) with construction work, the same would be stopped.

It has asked the AHPCL to file a detailed time schedule of construction vis-a-vis environmental compliances within two weeks in the matter or face action.