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Himachal: Renuka Dam oustees demand CBI inquiry into land purchase

Himachal: Renuka Dam oustees demand CBI inquiry into land purchase

Nahan (Himachal): Renuka Bandh Jan Sangharsh Samiti and Himalaya Niti Abhiyan have demanded a CBI enquiry into the alleged purchase of the land for the rehabilitation of the dam oustees. In a statement issued here Yogender Kapila convener of the Samiti said that fraud was committed in the purchase of the land for rehabilitation of the affected families. He said that lands were purchased through property dealers at the cost of 3.4 and 6.8 lac per bigha, which was classified as Banjar Kadim in revenue records. Expressing strange he also said that the same category of land was purchase at the cost of 60,500/per bigha from the affected families.

It is learnt that Renuka Bandh Jan Sangharsh Samiti and Himalaya Niti Abhiyan had observed 24 hours hunger strike on Tuesday during the inauguration of state level Renuka fair. He said that Samiti will participate in Delhi Gherao on 22-23 Nov. against Land acquisition and R&R bill and a delegation will meet Jai Ram Ramesh and other authorities in this regard at Delhi. On the other hand Guman Singh Coordinator of Himalaya Niti Abhiyan said that Chief Minister who was here to open the Renuka fare did not took serious note towards the proposed displacement issue of the Renuka dam project. He also raised the issue of techno-economical feasibility of this project and claimed that it was not a feasible project. He further added that It will be just an ecological disaster destroying more that 15 lac trees and inviting landslides and erosion in this fragile Giri valley. He claimed that around 1100 families would lose their live hoods and culture and also said that forest clearance was rejected twice but environment clearance was obtained by manipulated practice of public hearing. He also commented that HP govt. should demand more R&R package from Delhi and center because it was basically a project for Delhi water supply. However Puran Chand secretary of the samiti opposed the categorization of 457 Bigha land as Nakabil (Un-culture-able) on which 32,640 green trees
are standing. He further said that It was a land of deemed forest category for which forest Clarence is required. He also said that it was shameful that state government was not taking up this matter with Delhi and central government. On the other hand managing director Tarun Kapoor of HPPCL refuting the allegations said that it was the project for national interest and further said that the HPPCL was paying best compensation to affected families in the first round. He also said that HPPCL was working on several lines for the benefits as it was in the top priority of the corporation.

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