Hydel projects are closed at the instigation of US: NGO
A Dehra Dun based NGO spearheading a campaign for building hydel projects on the river Ganga in Uttarakhand, on Monday alleged the projects are being shut down in India at the “instigation” of the US.
“It is at the US instigation that hydel power projects are facing closure so that India buys uranium on their terms”.
“Today, people in the state are facing severe shortage of power for which the state government, the Centre, saints and some foreign-funded agencies are responsible who are, in the name of Nadi Bachao (save river) campaign are hell-bent upon closure of these hydel power projects,” RLEK chief Avdhash Kaushal charged in a statement amid a protest meeting by Shankracharya Swami Swaroopanand in New Delhi.
“It is a well known fact that electricity and water are interrelated. This is not only a problem of Uttarakhand but a problem of entire North India of which Delhi too is a part. The acute water and power shortage being faced by the region is due to pressure created by the sadhus for stalling these hydel power projects by the agencies that are funded by the US and the UK”, Kaushal said.
Stating that due to unscientific facts and superstitious beliefs given by a few people the work on Pala Maneri (480 MW). Bhaironghait (381 Mw) and Lohari Nagpala (600MW) projects were scrapped and the same people are trying to put roadblocks in the completion of 420 Mw Lakhwar-Vyasi project.
He also claimed work on Alaknanda project (330MW) is also being hampered. “All these projects would have produced a total of 2441 MW of power which would have given tremendous relief to people of Uttarakhand as well as Delhi, Kaushal claimed.
Kaushal said “atomic power is another option that is fast losing its sheen as it causes damages to environment and humanity. Solar energy which may be an option at the national level despite the fact that it is a cost-intensive and high maintenance alternative”.
Kaushal said “we are ready to stage a big campaign for the cause of the people of Uttarakhand.