Bhubaneswar: Bowing to pressure, the ruling BJD Government has announced to scrap the controversial Sindol hydro-electrisc power project to come up in Western Odisha on Monday.
Energy Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said that, the Government has decided to withdraw the Sindol project, planned on Mahanadi river, according to the recommendation of the House Committee.
Earlier 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 during the monsoon session in August in the wake of strong resistance from people of Boudh, Sonepur and Sambalpur districts to the project.
The Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) and the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) signed an MoU in July to jointly set up Sindol I (100 MW), Sindol II (100 MW) and Sindol III ((120 MW), with a combined capacity of 320 mega watt.
This was opposed by the locals of Boudh, Sonepur and Sambalpur who alleged that the agreement was done without any information to them.
Moreover, apart from Congress and BJP, several leaders of the ruling BJD had opposed the project saying that it will submerge large tracts of agricultural lands and several villages.