HP govt to provide full support to SJVNL: Dhumal

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Kullu, Apr 17 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said the state government would extend all possible help to Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited in all its future endeavour since the state was a partner in the company.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Bayal village in Anni Sub-Division in the district after laying the foundation stone of a 20 bedded hospital, estimated to be constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore by the SJVNL.

He said SJVNL, which is the executing authority of 412 MW Rampur Hydro Electric Project, needed to reconsider changing the name of the Project to Netaji Subhash Chander Bose Hydro Electric Project as a tribute to the great freedom fighter.

The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and former Power Minister Late Kumar Manglam who acceded to the request of the State to shift the headquarter of the then Nathpa-Jhakri Power Corporation to Shimla from New Delhi.

He said that the interests of the people of the state and affected families was on top priority besides ensuring ecological balance in the state.

He said that Shri Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone of 800 MW Koldam of NTPC at Barmana and the construction work was in progress and likely to be completed well before the stipulated period.

The Chief Minister said that the identified 21000 MW Hydro potential would be exploited to the optimum in coming five years so that besides generating revenue it could generate employment and self-employment avenues.

"The state government would monitor the condition of providing employment to Himachalis and would not compromise for less than the provision made in new power policy." Mr Dhumal said that decision of SJVNL to spend Rs 125 crore on relief and rehabilitation of the oustees deserved appreciation and advised the authorities that the ousted families should be compensated through other modes as well.


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