khedar: Police use water cannons as villagers try to break into Khedar thermal power station | Chandigarh News

Hisar: Police here on Monday used water cannons to disperse villagers who had been sitting on a dharna for about a month and a half as they attempted to enter the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant (RGTPP) located in the village of Khedar of Hisar district.
The villagers allege that the administration also shot at them and fired tear gas shells in which three of them were injured. They said that among the injured were Karambir, a resident of the village of Sarheri; Kapil, a resident of the village of Khedar; and a resident of Bayanakheda village. However, police said only water cannons were used.
Pawan, a member of Sangharsh Samiti who has been taking part in a protest outside the thermal power station since April 18, said three days ago that the samiti had warned the administration to negotiate or resolve their issue.
He alleged that during this the police first fired water cannons from inside the factory gate and then charged lathi and fired tear gas shells in which three villagers were injured. During the dharna, members of Sangharsh Samiti, Jogiram, Kaliram, Shamsher Singh Sheru, Satendra, Wazir Singh etc. were also present.
Hisar (SP) Police Superintendent Lokendra Singh said some villagers were trying to enter the factory and water cannons were used to stop them. “Lathi charge and tear gas shells were not used,” SP said.
Depending on the material, each thermal plant generates thousands of metric tons of ash. Of these, 80% of the ash is dry, which thermal power plants have been selling for many years. But when the oven cooled, the falling ashes settled at the bottom of the pond, which was given free of charge to the villagers of neighboring villages.
Baba Sheoram Giri Baba Shanti Giri Gaushala of Khedar village used to take these ashes and sell them to cement factories and road construction contractors.
On February 22, 2022, the Department of Energy issued new guidelines that these ashes must be sold by tender. After that, the factory started the electronic auction process to sell this ash and stopped giving it to the villagers for free.
Officials said that after the order from the ministry, Panipat and Jharli power stations also launched a tender to sell the ashes. Tenders for Rs 152 per metric ton have been given by Panipat and more than Rs 160 per metric ton by the Jharli factory. At present, 40 to 42 lakh metric tons of ash lie in Khedar Thermal Power Plant. At Rs 160 per metric ton, this ash is currently priced at around Rs 67.20 crore.

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