Sec-144 imposed around KGHEP to curb civilian movements
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district have imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians around the project area of under-construction Kishen Ganga Hydro Electric Project (KGHEP) citing continuation of the work.india Updated: Dec 17, 2013 15:14 IST
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district have imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians around the project area of under-construction Kishen Ganga Hydro Electric Project (KGHEP) citing continuation of the work.
"For continuation of construction work on KGHEP and to maintain public tranquillity around the project area at Kralpora Mantrigam, district magistrate Bandipora has issued prohibitory orders for imposition of Section 144 CrPC around a radius of 100 metres of the project site till further orders," an official spokesman said here on Tuesday.
Restrictions on the movement of civilians have been imposed within the prohibited area of KGHEP so that the "tendency of external interference" is curbed, he said.
The government ordered the restrictions as the local residents, demanding adequate compensation from National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) for land, threatened to intensify the agitation and stage a sit-in outside the project, official sources said.
The residents claimed that a total of 38 hectares of land have come under the project for which Rs 40 lakh were paid as compensation per hectare, while as the compensation for the land taken in Gurez for the project has been Rs 1.20 crore per hectare.
They also allege that the waste from the project site is diverted into madumati and bunar streams as a result of which the water has been contaminated, thereby becoming a source for spreading diseases.
The 330 MW project is being constructed at a cost of Rs 3642 crore on turnkey basis and is part of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme that is designed to divert water from Kishanganga river to a power plant in jhelum river basin.
Located 5 km north of Bandipora, construction on the project began in 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2016.