Bhubaneswar: The House Committee chaired by Speaker Pradip Amat has recommended the State Government to stop the proposed Sindol hydro-power project to be set up on river Mahanadi in Western Odisha, in the view of the stiff opposition to the project by the locals as they feared that it will submerge large tracts of agricultural lands and several villages.

The House Committee, headed by Speaker Pradip Amat, Health and Family Welfare Minister Prasanna Acharya, former minister Padmanabha Behera and Bhagaban Kanhar, unanimously decided that the proposed project should be scrapped off and presented its report in the State Assembly on Saturday.

The House Committee was formed after Opposition, Congress and BJP, strongly protested the Rs 2,600-crore project, under which three barrages are planned in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Boudh districts, on the floor of the Assembly and outside.

It is noteworthy to mention that, Odisha Government had signed an MoU in July last with the NHPC and OHPC to set up Sindol-I at Deogaon in Sambalpur,Sindol-II at Kapsira in Sonepur and Sindol-III at Godheswar in Boudh district at a cost of Rs 2600 crore to generate 320 MW of power.