Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation (HPPCL), India, has
announced that it is not facing any opposition from local populations, for
keeping their lands and rivers intact under the Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy
Development Investment Program (HPCEDIP).
Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Development Investment
Program is funded by Asian Development Bank.
HPPCL has clarified that none of the projects are destructive to rivers. Entire
Himalayan region with all its hydropower potential falls in seismic zone-IV and
more severe zone-V, for which projects are designed suitably. All the projects
being constructed by the HPPCL are designed to withstand earthquakes of magnitude
expected in the seismic zone in which they fall.
Clean energy program is not destructive in nature, the
projects are not mega in size and there is no threat to farm sector. Moreover,
the total land requirement for any of these projects are very small and even
the reservoir being formed is very small.
HPPCL has further informed that since construction
activity is far from glacier, small in size and very restricted in construction
period, it cannot have any negative impact on glaciers. Moreover, since
hydropower projects’ viability is dependent on glaciers, project construction
would avoid any activity which may impact it adversely.
By Greetechlead.com Team