Shimla: A growing confrontation between hydro power developers and the local people in the state led chief secretary Sudripta Roy point out that projects should not be developed at the cost of destroying ecology and harming interest of the people.
Speaking at a symposium on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainable Development in Hyrdo Sector’, organised by public sector power generating company SJVN, Roy emphasised the need to take the local people into confidence before developing any project.
Pointing out the need for carrying out environment impact studies before developing new projects, the top government functionary said that mere corporate greed should not drive businesses but involving the people in a socially responsible manner made up for better business practices.
Earlier, hydro expert Prem Vrat, the main speaker at the symposium said that not just providing enough funds for CSR activites but the quality of concern for community development played an important role in establishing a sustainable model.
Corporates, he said, needed to create long tern impact on the society by adopting measures for empowering the people for charity will only have a short term impact.
Corporate should eye at developing capabilities of the communities, and the societies, which will ultimately have supporting values of business development.
Vrat said that with 75 % of hydropower potential still untapped, it should be the country most sought after energy option as it is pollution free.
Giving details about the high benchmarks achieved in power generation by the public sector company, NL Sharma, director SJVN said that success of a healthy relationship with local community rested upon best practices adopted in CSR activities. “During 2010-11, an Rs 15 Cr amount was spent upon this vital sector,” he said.