Bilaspur: The National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Koldam Project in Himachal Pradesh has suffered a major blow as no solution could be found out on the objections raised by Union Forest and Environment Ministry over a big portion of forest which comes in periphery of the dam.

A small mistake of the state‘s Forest Department has become a major hurdle in the way of project, as it may cause delay to the company from power production.

The state government had handed over the project, having a capacity of producing 2000 MW electricity to NTPC from the state electricity board. 14 divisional forest officers had given their report on the project claiming that the forest tract does not fall in the dam’s area covering Shimla and Solan districts.

NTPC had started work on the project on the basis of reports that it was not part of a sanctuary area.  According to sources, “NTPC had completed 80 percent work on the project.”

Now even if the dam is ready, it will not be able to produce power as the reports had pointed out that in the sunk area around 50,000 trees of the sanctuary area are falling under it.

It may submerge a big portion of the forest which may cause harm to the animals living there. Forest Department's report has been submitted to Union Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh.

 

(JPN/Bureau)