Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the Central government to resolve pending issues of Pong Dam oustees’ in accordance with the Supreme Court order.

Speaking in the 30th meeting of the North Zonal Council on Saturday the CM said, “Himachal Pradesh has always played an important role in development of the country and people of the state also had to bear the pain of displacement for construction of Pong Dam, Bhakra Dam and other power projects in the region.”

He said, “Though 2.25 lakh acre land was allocated to rehabilitate 16352 people displaced from the Pong Dam area, only 8713 people have been rehabilitated while thousands of others are still fighting for their settlement.”

The meeting presided over by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by Chief Ministers of eight states and Lieutenant Governor of Union Territories, discussed issues related to law and order, internal security and interstate water issues.

The CM said, “Forty Megawatt Renuka Dam Project would produce 200 million units of electricity annually, besides providing potable water to people of Delhi and other states.”

The CM also raised the issue of making the state as full time member of BBMB projects and resolving water and electricity rights as the state has 7.19 percent share in the Bhakra project and had lost over a lakh acre fertile land leading to displacement of 65563 people during the construction.” 

Jai Ram Thakur also took up the matter of construction of four laning of Pinjore-Baddi-Nalagarh road stretch, amending Forest Conservation Act 1980 and settling pending issues related to Baddi- Barotiwala- Nalagarh Rail Line.

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