The functioning of the Power Department, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is in the spotlight again, with chairman of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Jagjeet Singh raising a red flag over the procedure followed for the setting up of eight mini hydropower projects in the state.
In a dissenting note that forms part of an order of approval to purchase power from the proposed eight projects on the Kaushalya and the Ghaggar in Chandigarh’s vicinity, Jagjeet Singh said: “Lack of transparency in the selection of developers and verification of hydrological data by an independent agency have put public interest at risk, and, therefore, it needs further deliberations.”The note further reads: “It appears that all projects have been proposed by the same party, along with family members, and divided into various projects of 100-KW to gain capital subsidy.” Read More…
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