To review the outcome of April 3 meeting called to take stock of the rehabilitation of the people affected by the ongoing works by Koteshwar/Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC), the state agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal convened another meeting with the officials in Dehradun on Wednesday during which the people’s representatives and THDC officials were present.
The previous meeting had tasked the technical committee, constituted to study the condition of the affected villagers, to conduct survey of eight such villages by April 3. Following the survey, the technical committee had submitted their report in which villages like Uthad, Chholganv, Nautad and Payalganv have been considered as affected while the committee had been divided in its opinion on the status of four other villages- Madan Negi, Barola Chati, Siroli and Ganv. It is learnt that not satisfied with the survey report, the minister instructed the technical committee to conduct fresh survey involving the four villages about which the committee failed to come to a definite conclusion.
He instructed THDC to ensure that 415 families from the affected 30 villages are rehabilitated over 157.94 hectare land spread over IDPL, Pashulok, Bhaniyawala and Mansadevi.
He also asked the technical committee to be sensitive while dealing with the problem of the affected villagers in view of the fact that they have parted with their dear lands in the national interest. He said he would call another meeting soon after the fresh survey is made involving the four villages. He also asked the technical committee to complete the survey at the earliest.
Tehri MLA Dhan Singh Negi along with Pratapnagar MLA have appealed to the minister to see to it that the public sentiments are duly respected as regards the rehabilitation.
MLAs- Shaktilal Shah and Preetam Singh Panwar, DM Tehri Indudhar Baudai and THDC executive engineer Mohan Chandra Pandey aside from and Geological Survey of India officers were present at the meeting.