Sindol cancellation welcomed

Sambalpur: The anti-Sindol activists and environmentalists opposed to the Rs 2,600 hydro power project have welcomed the government decision scrapping the 320 megawatt project. The activists have urged the government to soon publish the government notification regarding cancellation of the project.

Under the Sindol project plan three dams would have been constructed over river Mahanadi for generating 320 megawatts of hydro energy. The state government had signed MOUs with NHPC and OHPC to set up the project.

Though the goverment had earlier announced about scrapping the project, still efforts were on recently to finetune the plan. Finally the project was dumped owing to public uproar and the House Committe of the assembly too suggested against the project.The energy minister on Monday announced on the floor of the assembly that the government had decided to cancel the project. The people and the activists have urged the government to publish the notification to this effect the sooner possible.