Himachal Pradesh to table fresh proposal

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Old 04-Apr-2011
Himachal Pradesh to table fresh proposal

Shimla: An environment clearance proposal for a controversial multi-billion-rupee hydropower dam project in Himachal Pradesh that will quench the thirst of Delhi is be re-submitted to the union environment and forests ministry this week.

"A fresh proposal with minimum forest land diversion for construction of project will be submitted by April 5," said Tarun Kapoor, managing director of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL).

He said the fresh proposal for the Renuka Dam is being submitted after the ministry objected to the cutting of 1, 77, 000 trees.

Last August, the ministry said it was against the submersion of 775 hectares of forest land for the construction of the dam on a tributary of the Yamuna River in Sirmaur district, about 250 km from Delhi.

Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh will visit the dam site this month to assess the situation.

The water from the dam, to be built at a cost of Rs 27 billion (Dh2.17 billion), will be released into the Yamuna River, from where it will flow to Haryana's Hathinikund barrage and finally reach Delhi. It will generate 40 MW of electricity.

The project has been facing protests with the affected families rejecting the compensation being offered for land that will be submerged by the reservoir.

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