Dehradun: The Uttrakhand government is all set to approach the Supreme Court for getting its share in the Tehri Hydro Power Project (THPP). However, on the other side Uttar Pradesh is unwilling to impart the required information in this context to Uttrakhand.

Before the bifurcation, UP had invested Rs 363 crore in the THPP which amounts to 12 percent of the total cost. After the separation of the state in November 2000, UP had pumped in Rs 400 crore in the project which amounts to 12 percent of the total cost. Therefore, the total shares of UP had increased to 25 percent.

Uttrakhand is of view that the state has the right to claim shares on the investment made during the united UP. Uttrakhand which is eying the remaining 25 percent share in THPP, is ready to return the amount invested by UP after November 2000.

Additional Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain said, “The government is trying hard to hold dialogue to settle the issue. But the efforts are unlikely to derive desired result. UP is also creating obstacles by saying reorganization agenda does not figure Tehri issue.”

Sources said united UP had made budgetary allocation for Tehri project. On this ground, Uttrakhand can claim for its shares.

If the Uttrakhand government had not adopted lackadaisical approach in this regard, the state would have got its share, added the source.

For the first time in 2009, Khanduri government made the claim before the Centre.

Uttrakhand has also been deprived of the 12 percent royalty on 1000 mw Pump Storage Plant.

JPN/Bureau