Hydro Power Plant

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overview The 600 mega watt Loharinag Pala Hydro Power Project in 2009 was scrapped due to opposition to the construction of the NTPC'S(national thermal power corporation ),the largest state-owned power generating company in India . India has potential to add 150 GW of hydro power of which it only harnessed twenty five percent. Policies, such as flexibility to sell forty percent to the free market, were made in order to attract private investment to the sector, but private players did not engage due to the high risk involved 1.the all India akhara parishad (AIAP), an apex of holy men and a several other NGO'S opposed the hydro project on the bases of environmental and religious grounds. As a AIAP spokes person said an uninterrupted flow of the bhagirathi was necessary and thus all projects on that river should be banned 2. The anti-dam movement gained momentum as the river was religious to Hindus. The Central Government, forced to choose between scientific development and environmental neglect of the region, abandoned the project on Professor G. D. Agrawal's, India's eminent scientists, 38th day of fasting protest of blocking the headwaters of the sacred River Ganges 3. Discussion RLEK recognized the importance of the dam project in terms of economic and sustainability and as a source of employment for many. On the other hand if RLEK takes a stand against the project then that might affect RLEK'S reputation. RLEK had always stuck to its real bottom line-development of the marginalized and underprivileged people. on one side it would be necessary for RLEK to respect other people's sentiments and with the majority in favour of discontinuing of the dam construction, . it seemed prudent for RLEK to join the movement. going against the project could destroy RLEK'S reputation of fighting for the people.on the other hand , huge investments had been made by
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