FIR against dam activists

Devsari hearing postponed

Published: Sunday 15 November 2009

police have booked villagers and anti-dam activists who disrupted a public hearing in Uttarakhands Chamoli district on October 13. The state pollution control board (spcb) had organized the hearing in Kulsari village to get public views on the 250 MW Devsari hydroelectric project on the Pinder river, a tributary of Alakananda.

The project, proposed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, will displace 491 families. Angry villagers and activists did not allow the public hearing to proceed. Being familiar with the experience of villagers in nearby areas where dams have been built, people were so angry they did not even let the officials survey their land, said Vimal Bhai of Matu Jan Sangathan, a grassroots organization. He is one of the 11 persons named in the first information report (fir) registered by the area police.Activists said the state government is under pressure to arrest them and suppress peoples voice.

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