K'taka stays setting up of four Hydel power projects

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Shimoga, Nov 1 (UNI) The Karnataka government has withdrawn the permission granted for setting up four Hydel power stations along the river Tunga in the Shimoga district, Minister for Energy K S Eshwarappa said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the permissions were issued by the previous JD(S)-BJP coalition government. Avani Power Corporation, Boruka Power Corporation, Dhanalakshmi Priate Ltd and Annapurna Private Ltd were given permission to take up Hydel Power project.

But on the basis of a petition filed by former Legislator from Thirthahalli Araga Jnanendra, the government has issued stay order, he said.

He said a high level committee was constituted and asked to give detailed report on the consequences of establishment of these Hydel projects in the region.

He said the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Power would meet in Bangalore on November nine and discuss about taking a delegation to New Delhi regarding proposed Kudgi Thermal Power Project in Bijapur.

Regarding Tadadi Ultra Mega Thermal Power project, he said protestors were convinced about the necessity of the project and the government was firm on establishing the project.

Mr Eshwarappa said the Goa state government has already agreed to facilitate the transportation of required coal for proposed Kudgi Thermal Power Project.

UNI XR MSP MP AS1900

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