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Uttarakhand suspends construction of two hydel projects

Business Standard, Shishir Prashant / New Delhi/Dehra Dun June 20, 2008, 0:55 IST

The Uttarakhand government today decided to stave off the construction of its two major hydel projects — 480 Mw Pala Maneri and 400 Mw Bhairon Ghati — on the Bhagirathi river.
The decision came following a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister B C Khanduri, a top state government official said.

The move follows lingering controversy over the indefinite fast of Dr G D Agrawal, a top environmentalist since June 13, which had put considerable pressure on the BJP government with the Sangh Parivar outfits also lending their full support. [more]