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Wangyuh questions govt on Tehok HEP
Published on 17 Oct. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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Drawing attention to the stalled mini hydro electric project (HEP) at Tehok, Ex-MP Lok Sabha, Wangyuh Konyak has issued a “neutral detailed” statement questioning government’s sincerity in expediting the project. Wangyuh said that the ministry of MNES which took up the project during 2001-2002 had sanctioned a subsidy of Rs 600 cr out of which Rs 60 lakhs was released as first instalment. He said though the hydro electric division officers who visited the site had prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and feasibility report of the project, and the construction work awarded to Pelle and Asheto as company contractors, the project could not be started even after many years. Wangyuh also pointed out the resolutions adopted during a meeting of the power department on March 6, 2009 following the legal notice served to the chief secretary and chief engineer (power) by the convener of the project, W. Chennyiem Konyak. He said the meeting resolved to clear the payment of liabilities to the local contractors of Tehok HEP within March 2009. It resolved to keep the legal notice in abeyance till March 2009. Besides the proposal for additional works to be considered for welfare society, the meeting also resolved that the department would initiate proposal for budget allocation of the project for 2009-10. It was further resolved to emphasize on the resumption of the project works during 2009-10. “Only after power department has given Budget Provision fo Rs 5 cr during 2009-10 financial year against Tehok mini hydro electric project, the government approached under negotiated loan from NARBARD,” Wangyuh pointed out. He said that the Chen Area Village Council Chairman and W. Chennyiem Konyak, without knowing the “factual position” of the project, had congratulated the DAN government particularly, chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, power minister, Doshehe, MLA C. L. John and chief engineer (power), whereas the state government and power department had deceived the people of Chen area for many years. The ex-MP said it was high time for the Chen area people to “agitate” as to why the project could not be completed in time and appeal for early implementation of the project, instead of appreciating the government and the power department. Having given the “neutral detailed” statement, Wangyuh asked as to whether the government and the power department were interested to have mini hydro project or not. He asked as to why the amount of Rs 6 cr which was sanctioned as subsidy from MNES during 2001-2002 could not be utilized and “where the sanctioned amount has gone or disappeared?” The ex-MP further questioned why the government should seek loan from NARBARD even after getting sanction from MNES. Wangyuh also wanted to know whether the power department had submitted utilization certificate to the ministry or not and where it went wrong. Wangyuh also furnished a copy of the sanction order of MNES to substantiate his claims.

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