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Land owners back Kynshi hydel project


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NONGSTOIN: Land owners and headmen of Sangriang, Mawpon and Warsanlyngdoh villages in West Khasi Hills District have welcomed the proposed Kynshi Hydro Electricity Power Project Stage-I and have urged the State Government to implement the project immediately.

This decision was reached during a joint meeting convened by the West Khasi Hills District Administration, held at the DC’s Office to discuss the implementation of the Kynshi Hydro Electricity Power Project.

The meeting was chaired by M.A. Challam, Extra Assistant Commissioner of West Khasi Hills.

The land owners, meanwhile, clarified that the Kynshi power project will not affect the villagers’ agricultural land, especially those land used for cultivation of food grain.

The land owners also stated that the people of West Khasi Hills were expecting that the project will generate employment opportunities and usher in development of the area, which is one of the most backward areas in the State.

The Kynshi project would be larger in scope than even the proposed Umngot project. With a proposed 450 MW in the first phase the project is expected to provide employment to 2000 persons in different categories from senior managers to unskilled labourers. It entails a minimum investment of about Rs.2500 crore, only for stage-I.

Following the meeting, the land owners and the headmen of the three villages also submitted the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Extra Assistant Commissioner to clear the path for the implementation of the project.

Challam, while appreciating the decision of the land owners and the headmen, stated that the District Administration will soon release the notification about the decision related to the power project on Kynshi Stage – I.

He also said that the affected land owners would be paid adequate compensation which would be calculated on the basis of the rate of the land per square metre.

The compensation would be released once the State Government gives its accent to the same, Challam added.


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