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KISHTWAR: Residents of Marwah-Warwan in Kishtwar district today called off their over one-and-a-half month strike against the construction of Bursar Hydroelectric power (HEP) project on the assurance of the government, an official spokesman said.
The 800 MW Bursar Hydroelectric Project is planned to be constructed on Marusudar, a tributary of river Chenab, but the residents have been demanding its cancellation raising concerns about the submerging of villages due to accumulation of water to generate hydro-electricity. Minister for Power Development Sunil Kumar Sharma reached out to the agitating residents and assured that the government was willing to listen to their concerns and would come out with a solution taking into account the development of the area as a whole, the spokesman said. Sunil Sharma accompanied by DDC Angrez Singh Rana, SSP Abrar Ahmed Choudhary and other district officers including authorities from NHPC reached out to the agitating locals who were supposed to go on hunger strike.
The minister assured that a delegation from Marwah-Warwan region will accompany him to New Delhi and raise their issues before the concerned committee since the project was governed by the Union Ministry and executed by NHPC, he spokesman added. Urging local populace to act wisely and pave way for development of the district, the minister said people need not panic and fall prey to anti-developmental activities.
He further assured people that a delegation from Marwah Warwan region will accompany him to New Delhi and raise their issues before the concerned committee since the said Project is governed by the Union Ministry and executed by NHPC.
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