By: RAHUL SAXENA
No valley in HP is as effected by the extensive construction of huge hydro electric projects than district Kinnaur. The failure of the government and the construction companies to stick to the norms that they themselves promise to adhere to while getting the environmental and rehabilitation clearances has forced the local people to get organised against the project managements. Two people’s movements against these projects, Karcham Wangtoo Sangharsh Samiti and the Khab Sasho Sangharsh Samiti are organising a 2 day seminar cum exposure on the 20th of June (at Rekong Peo), 21st (at Pooh) and (optionally) on 22nd. The participants would be taken on an exposure tour of the effected villages on the last two days.
Though Kinnaur is far away and attending the full meeting would at least take four days, if one has to travel during daytime from Shimla, this would be a great opportunity to know about the issues there (which are quite common to all the hydro projects in the state, especially those which are executed by NHPC and SJVN) and connect with the people’s movement in Kinnaur. For those with restricted time, even a day’s visit could be fruitful as this sort of coming together across a large valley is a rare occurrence in our state. Exposure is the first step towards action.
We are also trying to get to Peo representatives of effected people from other projects in the state.
For travel details and where to reach, please contact Mr. RS Negi (Tel: 01786-222562/ 01785-231162/ 09418002562).