Nainital: The issue of raising the height of 330 mw Alaknanda Hydroelectric Power Project in Uttarakhand has reached the High Court.

The court has sought detailed information from the Central government over increasing the height and capacity of the dam.

A division bench of the Uttarakhand High Court comprising Justice Barin Ghosh and Justice UC Dhyani is hearing a PIL filed by Garhwal Srinagar resident Anuj Joshi and Tihri resident Bharat Jhunjhunwala.

As per the PIL, the Union government, in the year 1985, had granted permission to establish 200 megawatt hydroelectric power plant of 63 metres height over river Alaknanda.

However, the Alaknanda Hydro Power Corporation Limited raised the height of the dam from 63 metres to 90 metres without mandatory clearance. Apart from it, the electricity generation capacity was escalated from 200 to 330 megawatt.

The petitioners have argued that the changes could pose a serious threat to the villages and the religious centers in vicinity of the dam.

The court has asked the Centre to explain the parameters on which the environmental clearance has been provided to the project.

(JPN/Bureau)