SAIL steel plant project in Himachal raises storm



Baddi: Baddi: Steel Authority of India’s (SAIL) proposed steel plant in Himachal Pradesh seems to be in trouble with some sections of local population in Sirmaur, where the plant was to be set up, blaming the government of taking the project to Kangra. SAIL had wished too start the plant at Dhaulakuan in Paonta Sahib, but the state government had recently proposed Kandrori in Kangra.

Agitated over the government’s alleged intentions to move the plant out of the district, The Steel Plant Bachao Samiti (SPBS), formed to protest the move, has now given call for a two-hour Sirmaur bandh on December 26. As per sources, the government had recently informed SAIL that power supply to Dhaulakuan was not in place and therefore the project be shifted to Kangra, where it offered to allot 100 bighas of land.
Union Steel and fertilizer minister Ramvilas Paswan had announced setting up of a SAIL plant in Sirmaur in 2006.

The Samiti had earlier submitted a memorandum to the state government on December 2 and had given a 15-day deadline to come up with a clear decision. A rally was also held on December 11 to highlight the issue, but surprisingly none of the five MLAs from the district seem to have associated with protest as of now. The Samiti members have accused both BJP as well as Congress of neglecting Sirmaur district.

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  1. There is SAIL in everybody's life! Is it? I remember reading that there is not even a pucca road to the founder of H.P.'s village in Sirmour! So much for 'politics within politics'.

    I hope the project will 'sail' through in Nahan's favour.

  2. I do not understand that why all the MLA's of Sirmour Districts are sleeping on this matter. Sirmour is always neglected by the Himachal Government.

  3. @Neeraj

    The CM holds the ace. Remember 2 posts of ministers are still to be filled up. No one would like to be in the bad books during these times 🙂

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