Gangtok, May 21, 2012:
The members of All Sikkim Educated Self Employed & Unemployed Association (ASESEUA) and SAVE Sikkim met with the Secretary of Energy and Power Department, AK Giri and other officials of the Department on May 19, 2012 regarding the scrapping of Tashiding Hydro Power Project (HPP) at the sacred river of Rathangchu, West Sikkim.
It may be noted that Secretary Giri, is also a member of the High Power Committee which has been set up to examine the scrapping of the HPP at Rathangchu.
The members of both the bodies welcoming and acknowledging the Government’s decision of scrapping up of two HPPs namely Ting Ting and Lethang HPP also requested the Secretary for scrapping of the Tashiding HPP at Rathangchu. Reciprocating on the same, Giri assured the members of both the organizations that the Government is positive towards public perception and positive results will come out regarding Tashiding HPP.
The members also briefed Giri about the litigation filed in the Supreme Court regarding the Tashiding HPP which has been transferred by the Supreme Court to the High Court of Sikkim under Article 226 of the Constitution. The members also discussed the recent published report in the national weekly magazine ‘Current News’, wherein a scam of Rs 20, 000 crores has been published regarding the Teesta Urja Ltd. at North Sikkim. Not speaking much about the report, the Power Secretary however accepted that there have been errors and some mistakes during the past. The members told the Power officials that it is the duty of the technocrats to guide the Government and politicians about the pros and cons about too many HPPs and they should render their advices to the Government without fear and favour for the better of society and ecology.