7 yrs on, Kishtwar villagers await land-compensation
Despite lapse of seven years since the Dulhasti Hydroelectric project became operational in Kishtwar, the local residents whose land had been acquired for the purpose continue to crave for compensation.
Locals said the government had acquired 213 kanals and 2 marlas of land at Kwar Tanzi in Kishtwar vide order No LA/911-16 on 17/01/07 under state land acquisition act for the construction of reservoir of the prestigious project. “However, till date the land-owners have not received a single penny from the concerned authorities nor have they been provided the jobs promised to them at the time of land acquisition”, they said.
Land owners have demanded that they should be given compensation at the earliest “otherwise we will not allow the work of Pakul Dul HEP Project to start”.
Meanwhile, Congress leader, Randeep Bhandari said that both the state and central governments earned thousands of crores from the project “but the authorities did not pay any heed to the pleas of the people whose land was acquired”.
He appealed the concerned authorities to ensure early release of compensation in favour of the local land owners and also sought jobs for them.
Pertinently, work on the Dulhasti Power project had begun in Kishtwar in 1985 and project became operational on 7 April 2007. It, as per officials, has been generating 1907 Million Units of electricity “in a 90% Dependable year”.