Strike against Bursar Dam called off by Marwah residents

Excelsior Correspondent

KISHTWAR, May 27: Minister for Power Development, Sunil Kumar Sharma today reached out to the agitating residents of Marwah, Warwan who were demanding cancellation of Bursar Hydroelectric Power Project since long as they have raised concerns about the submerging of villages due to accumulation of water to generate hydro electricity.
Sunil Sharma, accompanied by DDC Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana, SSP Kishtwar Abrar Ahmed Choudhary and other district officers, including authorities from NHPC, reached out to the agitating locals who were supposed to go on hunger strike.
Sunil Kumar Sharma, while dealing with the situation assured locals that the Government will listen to their concerns/demands and will come out with a solution taking into account the development of the area as a whole.
He listened to the issues of the people patiently one by one.  While interacting with the people of Marwah, the Minister said that Hydroelectric projects are always meant for development and prosperity of the people. While taking into account the welfare of people,  he said as of now when general masses have been registering protests against this Project,  it’s the prime duty of the Government  to pay heed to the grievance of people.
Informing that the said Hydroelectric Project is governed by the Union Ministry and executed by NHPC, the Minister assured the people that a delegation from Marwah Warwan region will accompany him to New Delhi and raise their issues before the concerned Committee.
He further added that people need not to panic and not to fall prey to anti-developmental activities. He urged upon the locals to act wisely and pave way for development of the district.
Following the Minister’s assurance, people announced to call off their strike.
The Minister also held grievances redressel camp in the area in which various genuine demands of the locals were resolved on the spot and other were taken into the consideration to act upon them within stipulated period of time.


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