Gangtok, July 25, 2012:
A high-powered committee has been constituted by the Sikkim government to look into the implementation of hydroelectric projects in the state which are currently being constructed.
The committee constituted last week under the chairmanship of chief secretary Karma Gyatso has been asked to submit its report by August 10, next, official sources said today.
Besides looking into various issues of the under-construction hydroelectric power projects, the committee will also seek to resolve these with a view to expedite their implementation. In November last, the government had constituted a high- powered committee to look into issues concerning three hydel projects proposed on the Rathong Chu in West Sikkim.
The committee had recommended the termination of two of the projects, namely, Lethang and Tashiding, which the government had accepted. After the termination of the 2 projects in West Sikkim and another 4 in north Sikkim recently by the government, the projects number about 23. The issues range from erosion of traditional lifestyles of the people to influx of labourers required by the project developers. A major issue of concern is the environmental impact of such projects on a small state like Sikkim.