This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member azzayindia who was on the scene.
Vyasi Hydel project will generate for generations: BC Khanduri
chief minister of Uttarakhand inaugrated the start of the 120 mw Vyasi Hydel project in Juddo Village near Vikas Nagar Dehradun.He said that he was not in favour of big dams.
this is in the barrage of announcement he is making before lok sabha elections.
MUSSOORIE/VIKASNAGAR, 23 Feb: The celebration of Maha Shivratri was doubled for the villagers on the banks of Vyasi at Juddo (Kalsi) village on the Vikas Nagar-Yamnotri highway with the inauguration of the 120 MW Vyasi Hydro- Electric project, today, which had been stalled since 1992. The inauguration was done by Chief Minister BC Khanduri, here, today.
The Chief Minister was welcomed by the President of the Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd Yogendar Prasad along with Prabhat Kumar Sarangi, Secretary, Power, RP Thapliyal, MD UJVNL, BC Mishra, KC Jain and AK Maheshwari.
Khanduri said on the occasion that the project was funded completely by the state government and the revenue generated would be used by the state and not shared. Providing details of the project, he said that the Vyasi Hydro electric project had been separated from Lakhwar project as the delay was hampering both the projects. He said Lakhwar dam could only be constructed after the consent of several states, hence the government pursued the matter and thought of beginning with Vyasi in a phase wise manner. He further said that the project that began in 1979 could not be completed due to lack of funds, but the BJP led Government had allocated enough funds now. He also said that 40% civil works were completed and the rest of the work would be completed within the stipulated time of three years.
Khanduri also said that the project of 120 MW would increase the peaking capacity of the state and 438 Million Units on yearly basis would be generated. Adding to this, the project would generate Rs 105.29 crores of revenue. The project would be handled by the Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam which was formed in 2008. Khanduri also bragged that the Maneri Bhali Project was also completed in record time and he was sure that the Vyasi Project would generate power for generations.
The estimated cost of the project was Rs 759.58 crores and will be completed within three years, according to Executive Engineer Pankaj Kulshreshta.
The head race tunnel 2.70 km long and turbines of suspended synchronism would be highlights of the project.
Munna Singh Chauhan, MLA Vikas Nagar, and Jaspal Rana, the BJP Lok Sabha candidate, also thanked the Chief Minister for the offering of the Vyasi project on the occasion of Shivratri. The general public was happy with the announcement and the fact that the electricity generated would be used by the state completely and not shared by any entity. However, they also said that the Lakhwar project should also begin soon so that employment would help in empowering the backward region.
At a press conference that followed, BC Khanduri said that all the project announcements were being done under a systematic procedure and emphasis was also being laid on the Micro-Hydel projects like Gharats. He said that run of the river special schemes in which 1-5 kw projects of energy would be generated would be run by locals. He also said they would be giving all facilities free of cost. A large number of applications had been received which were being scrutinised and the gharat scheme would begin soon and generate employment and energy in the state.
When questioned by GP about the culture being wiped out due to relocation he said that the dam did not have a large reservoir, so the fallout was not much, but he was sure that the people would be settled according to their needs and sentiments. He said that the government was spending the funds cautiously.
The UJVNL Chairman was so elated that he kept on speaking in praise of BC Khanduri for nearly 10 minutes. The situation became hilarious and he was then asked from the chair to curb his speech as it was becoming way too long.