World Bank panel mulls investigation into complaints against Vishnugadh hydro power project

Source: The post is based on the article “World Bank panel mulls investigation into complaints against Vishnugadh hydro power project” published in The Hindu on 27th August 2022.

What is the News?

An independent panel of the World Bank is considering a plea by residents of villages in Uttarakhand to investigate environmental damage from the under-construction Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project(VPHEP).

What is Vishnugad Project?

Vishnugad Project is a run-of-river hydroelectric project being constructed on Dhauliganga River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.

Built by: Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC), a partially State-owned enterprise.

Funded by: The project is primarily funded by the World Bank and was sanctioned in 2011. 

Expected completion year: The project is proposed to be completed in June 2023.

Why is this project being opposed by residents?

Residents are opposing this project on the following grounds: Ecological Impact, forced resettlement, loss of livelihoods, threatens the local Lakshmi Narayan Temple which is deemed to be of historical and cultural importance, limited availability of water and inadequate compensation.

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