Vashist residents in Manali support cabinet decision to cancel hydro project

Manali: Having held long protests against the 1 MW Chhor Nala mini-hydropower project, residents in large numbers gathered at Vashist Temple, Manali to show support for the cabinet decision for cancelling the very allotment of the project. Manali: Having held long protests against the 1 MW Chhor Nala mini-hydropower project, residents in large numbers gathered at Vashist Temple, Manali to show support for the cabinet decision for cancelling the very allotment of the project.

Among those who supported the government decision was Govind Thakur, the BJP MLA who represents the area in the state assembly. Allotted to independent power producer Water Millers Company, the small project at Jogni Falls was being opposed by the entire Vashist Panchayat on the ground that its construction encroached upon the religious sanctity of the stream. Presiding over a cabinet meeting chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after taking the peoples sentiments into account on Monday decided to scrap the project.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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