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NK (2006.1.31): Relocation in New Tehri poses new challenges to its residents

By Vinay Chadda, New Tehri (Uttaranchal):

The Tehri Hydro Development Corporation. Ltd. (THDC) may have won a long battle to rehabilitate the persons displaced by the Tehri Hydel Project, but it seems that fresh challenges have arisen after the completion of the relocation drive.

Prakash Kumar, a resident, says that the relocation has had an adverse impact on business in New Tehri.

“The business at New Tehri is 10 per cent of what it used to be at Old Tehri. Old Tehri was connected with various places, but now at New Tehri we have been cut off from the other places,” Prakash says.

He points that shortage of schools, transportation and medical facilities have generated further troubles for people.

“THDC had provided free school bus service for the children. But now they have stopped even that,” Prakash adds.