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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Saints support power projects in Uttarakhand

Haridwar, June 5
A section of saints under Samajik Sena outfit have come forward in support of the hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand. In this regard a symbolic fast was undertaken today by the outfit members under national chief Vinod Maharaj and state chief Swami Satyavratanand.

The main demands of the demand as per Vinod Maharaj is to start small hydroelectric projects in the state as they are imperative for the overall development of the state and to meet the energy requirements of the country too.
Maharaj Vinod added that despite Uttarakhand being touted as Urja Pradesh, the state government had to procure electricity from other states at higher costs, "which is a serious matter as we, despite having immense natural resources, are not able to utilise them to even meet our requirements."
Sitting on fast at Kankhal, Pahadi bazaar, Sadhvi Mata Chandra Kanta ji, said that the government should form a high-level committee, which would look into the power project aspect, having scientists, saints, local people and environmentalists on panel. Their consent would be vital giving the green signal to such projects.
The sadvi said that the sanctity of the holy Ganga should be maintained while constructing such projects, which is possible with scientific-ecologic measures.
National spokesperson Acharya Roopendra questioned the banning of quarrying in Haridwar, terming it imperative for both for natural and commercial reasons.
Acharya pointed that scientists too have given valid reasons for allowing quarrying to a certain degree on rivers.
"Illegal quarrying worth crores is still going on in Haridwar. Neither the state government nor the administration is taking action. Thousands of people are getting affected due to prohibition on quarrying in the region, which is hampering the development work and raising the prices of sand, stone and related material," said Acharya Roopendra.
Among others who sat at the agitation today were Swami Dharam Giri, Swami Antanand, Baba Balak Das, Sandeep Rajpur, Naresh Bohra, Amarnath and Chaudhari Jagpal Singh.

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