The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NBGRA) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to discuss on Monday future of hydel projects on the river and alleged damage caused to the river by National Thermal Power Corporation during construction of Loharinag Pala dam in Uttarakhand.
A Group of Ministers earlier this year had shelved the Rs 2,000-crore project following protests. The hydropower project on Ganga in Uttarkashi district is located on the upstream path of the river, 45 km from Gangotri.
It was cleared by environment ministry in 2005. Most non-officials members of the authority are against the project. Three other projects on upstream of Ganga were scrapped following their protest.
Uttarankhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriya Nishak had sought compensation of free power of 2,000 MW in lieu of scrapped project and funds for preserving the eco-system. “We will not construct a single project provided we get adequate compensation for preserving the rich eco-system of this vast Himalayan region...” Nishank said on Sunday.