With the dismissal of petition filed by the members of Paryawaran Sanrakshan Sangharsh Samiti Lippa (Kinnaur district), Himachal Pradesh high court has paved way for the construction of 130 MW Kashang hydro electric project.
Sangharsh Samiti had filed an appeal for stay on the lease of forest land to the state government-owned Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) for the 130 MW Integrated Kashang Stage II and III hydropower project. The two-page judgement of the high court dismissed the appeal for stay, questioning the locus and motive of the petitioner.
A division bench of Chief Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel on January 7 stated that prima facie it appeared that the writ petition has been sponsored by private hydro project proponents, as apparently the project sanctioned in favour of HPPCL is likely to affect the productivity or monopoly in market of the nearby private projects.
“Our suspicion is strengthened by the fact that earlier the setting up of the project by HPPCL was opposed tooth and nail by one Paryawaran Sanrakshan Sangharsh Samiti Lippa whose vice-president was Tashi Cherring. Read More
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