Cabinet’s special extension to Sai Kothi 15 MW power project is a ‘quid pro quo’ : Arun Dhumal


Cabinet’s special extension to Sai Kothi 15 MW power project is a ‘quid pro quo’ as Venture Energy Technical Ltd. belongs to Vakamulha Chandrashekhar, who had given Rs. 3.90 crore unsecured loan to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his parliamentarian wife Pratibha Singh.

Younger son of former Chief Minsiter P.K. Dhumal, Arun Dhumal charged this while addressing press conference in Shimla today alleged that power project was given special extension for fourth time as it have been allotted 45 months back and have to deposit Rs. 58.19 lakh with state as cabinet approved it on September 4 meeting.

The power project failed to deposit penal amount so far, but government has not taken any action regarding it. While the state government had canceled nine other power projects who have failed to compile with MOU for not executing the project in time.

The Vakamulha Chandrashekhar had yet to submit penal amount with the state but as he had issued Rs. 3.90 crore unsecured loan to Mr. Singh and his wife he got special extension, junior Dhumal alleged.

The Sai-Kothi Hydroelectric Project (HEP) has been contemplated a run on Baira nallah, a tributary of river Suil/Ravi in Tissa, district Chamba H.P. nearly 95 kms from Chamba. It is an upstream development of the existing Baira-Suil Project. The dam site has been proposed at 2 km upstream of village Shali and the power house at 100 m downstream of the same village on the right bank of the nallah.

The state signed MOU of this project on June 16, 2007 as it was allotted in 2002. Under the power policy every Independent Power Producers (IPP) have to complete the project within 24 months but Sai Kothi Project has been graced with fourth extension as it is still to be executed after 46 months delay.

Under the present rule state can give two extensions if any project fail to be executed in stipulated period of 24 months but this was forth extension to Sai Kothi power project. “Is it not out of the way and misuse of power for ‘quid pro quo’ by the chief minister and cabinet council should also resign no moral ground”, Arun Dhumal said.

As 73 lakh innocent people want to know this fact as Mr. Singh did not explain the antecedents of Mr. Vakamulha Chandrashekhar.

Mr. Dhumal alleged that Mr. Singh and his family has unaccounted bank deposits of many crores as bank transactions has been taken place in 32 different bank account of Chief Minister, he also gave details of deposits made in installments during 2011 when he was the Union Minister.

Interacting with the media, Mr. Dhumal disclosed bank account numbers of Virbhadra Singh in which the money was transferred from the accounts of Vakamulha Chandrashekhar of New Delhi.

He said the entire cabinet was responsible for extending favours to Vakamulha. He added, “The governor should take a note on the issue and dismiss the government immediately.”

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