Tension at power project site; 5 injured



Chamba: Five people, including a zilla parishad member, uppradhan of Jadera panchayat in Chamba, and three other were allegedly attacked and seriously injured by contractors of Hul Hydro Power Private Limited. The attack happened at village Chungah where the villagers had gathered to hold a meeting to oppose the construction of the 3.8 MW Hul hydroelectric project being constructed on Hul Nala, a tributary of the Ravi River.

The locals had been opposing the construction of the hydroelectric project due to its impacts on the local forests, water resources and environment since 2005. One of the attackers, was a contractor named Neeru Ram, alleged the residents of the village. The injured persons were hospitalized at Chamba District Hospital. The local communities, who have mobilized under the banner of the ‘Saal Ghaati Bachao Sangharsh Morcha’ have been protesting against Hull Hydro Projects 1 and 2 in the Saal Valley and several rallies have been carried out against the projects in the last 5 years. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

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