Gorkhaland stir: NHPC forced to shut down hydel power plant in Darjeeling
Kolkata: The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has shut down its hydel power plant at Ramdi in Darjeeling hills after a mob of over 600 people began agitation outside the plant site, a NHPC official said on Thursday.
“We had shut down operations of Teesta Low Dam-III plan of 132 MW as a precaution after a mob of over 600 people gheraoed the site and began agitation,” the NHPC official told PTI.
The official said the regional head of NHPC is slated to meet the West Bengal power secretary later in the day to discuss the issue.
“We had already written to state power secretary, chief secretary and district magistrate to beef up security at the NHPC installations in Darjeeling district,” the official said.
NHPC will resume power generation at the Ramdi plant once it gets assurance of security of the unit, officials said. NHPC has another unit Teesta Low dam-IV of 160MW in Darjeeling hills.
Pro-Gorkhaland supporters had on Wednesday set ablaze a panchayat office and damaged a few government vehicles in Darjeeling on the 28th day of the indefinite shutdown.
The agitation spearhead Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) took out a rally at Chowkbazar in Darjeeling town on the previous day with the body of a party supporter—Ashok Tamang—who died on Tuesday night in a hospital where he was admitted after being allegedly injured in Saturday’s clashes between the police and GJM supporters.
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