The central government said that before the landslide in Joshimath, there were incidents of avalanches and floods in Tapovan. Due to this the work of the power project had to be stopped. The Modi government said that there is no hydropower project in and around Joshimath.
New Delhi: The Government of India has given its reply in the Lok Sabha regarding the landslide in Joshimath. The central government said that before the landslide in Joshimath, there were incidents of avalanches and floods in Tapovan. Due to this the work of the power project had to be stopped. The Modi government said that there is no hydropower project in and around Joshimath. This information was given by Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh in a written reply to a question by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi in the Lok Sabha.
Joshimath landslide has no effect on Tapovan power project
Modi government minister RK Singh said, "The Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project is unaffected by the land subsidence incident in Joshimath area. Nevertheless, the district administration has issued an order on January 5, 2023 to suspend the construction activities at the project site till further orders." Order issued." He said that the Tapovan power project is far away from Joshimath and the Tapovan power project has not been affected by the land subsidence in Joshimath. Still, as a precautionary measure, the district administration has banned any kind of construction in Joshimath. The government admitted that work had to be stopped due to floods and landslides in two power projects of Uttarakhand, Phata and Tapovan.
This account was given regarding hydropower projects
The minister said that at present 30 mega hydel power projects with a total installed capacity of 11,137.50 MW are being developed in the Himalayan region of different states in the country which is more than 25 MW installed capacity. Out of these projects, 23 hydro power projects totaling 10,381.50 MW are actively under construction and 7 hydro power projects totaling 756 MW are stalled. He said that along with this, 87 hydropower projects with a total installed capacity of 22,982 MW are operational in the Himalayan region of different states in the country. Singh said that no hydro power project above 25 MW is started before obtaining environmental clearance.
All consents taken before project construction
RK Singh said that it is approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change only after a comprehensive scrutiny by a special appraisal committee. The Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy said that the project proposal is also evaluated by the Central Water Commission (CWC) from the safety point of view. The Central Electricity Authority, before granting statutory consent, examines the project proposal with other appraisal agencies including the Geological Survey of India and the Central Soil and Materials Research Station. He said that this ensures that all necessary approvals have been obtained before the construction of the hydropower project begins.