Work on power project halted following extortion demandApril 2nd, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by admin
Ranchi, April 2 (IANS) Work on a 1,000 MW thermal power plant in Jharkhand has been halted following extortion demands. The power generation project of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC)is located at Jainagar block in Koderma district, around 210 km from state capital Ranchi.
Monday, a group of 20 people reached the work site and demanded money from DVC officials and beat them up, the authorities said. A relative of a local politician reportedly led them. The officials informed the district administration about the incident and stopped work on the project.
Following the incident, Jainagar police have registered a case against two persons, Bharat Yadav and Suresh Yadav, and charged them with making extortion demands and attacking officials.
The project has also been facing resistance from people displaced from the site.
“We can address the displacement issue but we can’t meet the extortion demands,” K.K. Singh, regional director of DVC, told IANS.
Reacting to the incident, Koderma Deputy Commissioner Kanaiha Pandey said: “We do not have authentic information on the extortion demands. Yes, the displaced people are demanding compensation and jobs. They can be given jobs only by rotation.”
The power generation project, which is scheduled for completion by 2011 end, will displace around 4,000 people. Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde launched the project in March.