Leading hydro-power company Jaypee,which mans the states biggest private sector Karcham Wangtoo hydel project (1000 MW) in Kinnaur,beside a mega cement plant in Solan came under attack from the Opposition Congress for having availed illegal concessions and undue favours to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore.
The Congress MLA G S Bali,who had sought discussion in the House on states hydro-power policy launched a blistering attack,not only against the BJP government for being benevolent to the company but also against previous Congress government headed by Virbhadra Singh to grant illegal benefits to the company in violation of states power policy.
The Congress MLA – who had also been a minister in Virbhadra Singhs cabinet,said the government should not hesitate to recommend CBI probe against the company irrespective of whether it was the Congress government or the present one patronising the Jaypee Company.
Bali claimed that he fears threat to his life from the influential company after having raised the bunglings and unfair deals in the House.
Bali was later joined by young Congress MLA Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu who made a strong plea to cancel previous agreement with the company for Karcham Wangtoo project extension and signing a fresh agreement to protect state interests and get a higher share of free power.
However,Chief Minister Dhumal turned the tables on Virbhadra Singhs government,in which Congress Legislature Party Leader Vidya Stokes,was the Power Minister and did not bother to make the company liable for huge concessions. Dhumal squarely blamed the earlier governments for signing an agreement with the company – just a day after state assembly elections on December 19,2007 giving two years extension for the commissioning of Karchham-Wangtoo project without asking for dues as per power policy.
The government deprived the local people in the project area of Rs 23 crore under Local Area Development Authority (LADA) by accepting inadmissible expenditure of Rs 23 crore.
Dhumal also referred to a cement plant set-up by the company at Bagha. It (Virbhadra govt) even permitted the company to set up thermal power project in Nalagarh which was scuttled due to vehement opposition by BJP MLA (late) Hari Naraain Singh.
The chief minister also blamed the Congress government for denial of legitimate 7.19 per cent share in hydropower projects under the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and said that injustice was done to the state when Congress was in power and the Punjab Re-organisation Act was passed in November 1966.