Dharamshala: Having voraciously protested against illegally setting up of a cement plant as an opposition party, the Congress government here today approved expansion of the very same Jaypee Himachal Cement Plant at Baga in Solan district.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Viribhadra Singh at Dharamshala today.

“The expansion has been approved for enhancement of clinkerization capacity,” stated a cabinet spokesman.

Steep fall in electricity prices having rendered many hydropower projects as unviable, continue to deter private project developers from making any investments and have been surrendering sites allocated to them.

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet today cancelled 7 small hydro projects for failing to get work started on schedule. The projects cancelled are Ghagas (1MW), Anni-IV (2.50 MW), Najan (1 MW), Suhi (1.50 MW), Chachul (3 MW), Joiner Top-I (5 MW) and Sainj Bhagaru (0.80 MW) project.

However, the cabinet made a concession for the Chatarkhand (1.5 MW) Hydel Project in district Shimla by restoring the allocation to the entrepreneur after imposing a small amount of penalty fee for delaying the project. Nod for change of elevation and capacity enhancements to Chandernahan (4 MW) was also granted. Read more

Courtesy: HP HILL POST