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Ladakh MP Welcomes Solar Power Project in Ladakh

Power News - Published on Tue, 17 Sep 2019

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Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the BJP MP representing Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency has welcomed the INR 50,000 crore mega solar power project in the region, but made it clear that it can go ahead if jobs are reserved for the locals and can work on a land lease model. Protecting the fragile ecology of Ladakh is of paramount importance, Mr Namgyal said, adding the investor should also devote a part of the earnings as royalty for the locals. Following the Centre's moves to abrogate Article 370 and create a separate Union Territory of Ladakh, there have been media reports of a INR 50,000-crore solar power project coming up in the region.

Mr Jamyang Tsering said that "Investments are essential to come from outside, I welcome those. But there are a few conditions - we can't give the land in your name, you will have to take it on lease and a portion of the jobs will have to be reserved for the local youth. And whatever you earn from here, a part of it will have to be given to the council fund as royalty for ground development. He made it clear that the developmental model should be keeping in mind the fragile ecology of the region. We are not going to allow you otherwise,. The need is to tread on a middle path between the development and the local interests, such that both the Ladakhis as well as rest of India benefit, he said.

He stressed that "It's not that we are closing ourselves, nor do we want anybody to exploit Ladakh.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 17 Sep 2019
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