Arun valley folk up ante on Sutlej

Sankhuwasabha, July 10:

People living around the Arun III hydropower project site have demanded that the Indian power company, Sutlej Corporation, issue shares to them or face protests.

Sutlej has been authorised to commission the largest hydel project of Nepal. With a view to ensuring benefit from the hydel project, the people of Sankhuwasabha and Bhojpur districts today formed the Arun Stakeholders’ Centre. The locals demanded that Sutlej issue one share to each house located near the project site.

Members of the centre said their organisation would help the Sutlej execute the project. They were of the view that the locals should benefit more from the project than the government.

Sutlej had said at a press conference held at Khandbari sometime ago that it had no plan to

issue shares to the locals as it had already allocated 21.9 per cent shares to the government.