Invitation to a press briefing on the Maheshwar hydo-electric project on the Narmada, May 12th 2006

NARMADA BACHAO ANDOLAN
Jail Road, Mandleshwar, Khargone, M.P.,Telefax : 07283-233162
2,Sai Nagar, Mata Chowk, Khandwa, M.P., Tel : 0733-2228418
E-mail : nobigdam@sancharnet.in
PRESS INVITATION
To Editors, Bureau Chiefs, Chief reporters
This is to invite you for a Press Conference at Jantar Mantar on May 12th at 4:00 pm. to appraise you on the issue of Maheshwar Hydro-Electric Project and its implication for the people.
Several hundred people, affected by the Maheshwar Hydro-Electric Project being built on the Narmada River in the Narmada Valley, reached Delhi and demonstrated against the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Rural Electrification Corporation on May 11 th 2006 followed by a Public hearing in the evening at Jantar Mantar.
The Maheshwar Project is a privatized Project promoted by the S.Kumars and is being sought to be financed with public money from the Indian Financial institutions and banks. The power from the Project is likely to be high cost and it is likely to turn out to be another Enron. The people of the Narmada Valley have struggled against this Project since 1997.
The work on the Maheshwar Project that had remained closed since 2001 has been re-started in the last few months despite no availability of agricultural land for R&R, despite ongoing criminal proceedings against the S.Kumars, many financial irregularities noted in CAG and other Reports, and through the setting aside of all rules and regulations in the matter of investment of public money in a private project.
We solicit your presence at the Press Conference
With regards,
Alok Agarwal
(contact no. 094259-28007,29211703)
(Vimal bhai : 98918-14707)
Pragya Vats
www.pragya-vats.blogspot.com

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