Shanta to raise issue of Shanan project's transfer with PM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2015 21:39 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar, in a statement issued here on Sunday, said the issue of seeking transfer of Shanan Power Project at Jogindernagar, Mandi, to Himachal Pradesh will be raised with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shanan Project, the first hydel power station of India in megawatt capacity, came into being based on an agreement made in 1925 between the secretary of British government and Joginder Sen Bahadur, the then ruler of Mandi princely state.

Shanta said after Independence, all agreements between the king with the British-India government stood null and void after a notification issued by the President.

"After reorganisation of Punjab in 1966, the project should have been handed over to Himachal as the property was located in its territory," the veteran leader said.

"However, the central government while issuing the notifications regarding apportionment of assets, rights and liabilities under the provisions of the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, erroneously allocated Shanan project to Punjab," he added. "But, the Punjab government is paying little heed to maintain the project which is now virtually in a shambles," Shanta said.

He alleged that the 99-year lease deed executed between the king of Mandi and the British government would end in 2024 and Himachal would become the owner of the project.

All MPs from Himachal, Shanta said, would submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister during the monsoon session of the Parliament seeking immediate transfer of the project to Himachal.

Shanta said as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, he had raised the demand of share for Himachal in power projects built on its rivers. "Those efforts had yielded results in form of Himachal getting 15% share in power projects built on Sutlej- Beas projects," he said.

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