With its economy surviving till now on local farm sector and tourism,the cold deserts of Spiti will soon see many more mini-micro hydel projects coming up to harness the valleys power potential triggering prosperity in the tribal belt beside creating job avenues for the youths.
Ironically,the tribals have been vehemently opposing half-a-dozen mega hydel projects sanctioned by the previous BJP government in Lahual-Spiti and even environmental groups have been asking for scrapping of the projects allotted to private companies.
On his pre-poll tour of the tribal belt,Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that more micro and mini power projects will be set up in Spiti valley to usher an era of prosperity and provide employment opportunities to the youths.
The government,however,will take prior consent of the local people and public representatives before setting up of these projects and take into consideration their suggestions on the issue, he said while addressing a public meeting at Tabo in Spiti valley Saturday.
The Chief Minister said that equitable and balanced development of tribal areas and welfare of tribal people were top priorities of the state government. The government will accelerate the pace of development but will protect the environment and natural resources.
He said,The Congress government has always accorded priority to the development of tribal and difficult areas of the state and Spiti valley was one of them.
He said that the road from Samdhoo to Kaza was being widened by BRO on priority. Besides,low voltage problem in Spiti valley will be solved soon by providing power supply from Pooh.
He announced Rs 10,000 for Mahila Mandal and Rs 5,000 each for schools that presented a cultural programme. Later,he also visited Tabo Monastery.