Alaknanda project only partially suspended: Govt

The U`khand govt said it has no intention to close down 330-Mw Alaknanda hydel project at Srinagar.

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government on Sunday said it has no intention to close down the 330-megawatt (Mw) Alaknanda hydel project at Srinagar area of Garhwal region and
that its construction work has only been partially suspended.

State Energy Secretary Umakant Panwar in a statement denied reports in a section of media that the project has been closed down on fears that it will lead to submergence of the famous Dhari Devi temple.
"The project is very important for the government. Till the committee gives its final report, the work of the project will remain partially suspended around the Dhari temple only," he said.

Panwar added that the government has no intention to terminate the project. The government had set up a committee to verify whether GVK, the Hyderabad-based infrastructure major entrusted with the project, has violated any terms or conditions of the MoU as alleged by a section of local people, he said.