Congress allowed the JP plant to come: Dhumal

Shimla/ May 6

Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the then Congress Government was responsible for the mess it had created in granting permission for setting up of cement plant and thermal power plant by JP Associates without observing mandatory codal formalities beforehand between the period 2004 and 2007.

Dhumal said it had allowed plant to come up and almost all works for setting up of plant had been completed during Congress regime.

He was referring to a question of media persons at Solan on Sunday where he had gone in connection with a function of All India BJP Mahila Morcha.

He said that it was BJP Government which had imposed penalty and obtained lease money of Rs. 4.10 crore from the company.  He said that detailed project report was prepared by the company during Congress regime when the present state Congress chief, Kaul Singh Thakur was member of the Cabinet.

He said that the process for setting up of the plant was completed hurriedly in year 2004 and license was issued in favour of the company.

He said that the State Government was enquiring into the role of the officials involved in the case and the report was likely to be received soon.   He said that the then Chief Minister was in a hurry to sign MOU with a cement company while he was on way after getting his heart surgery done and had signed the same at Barog and did not wait even to reach Shimla.    He said that the State would permit ecologically safe  power plants based on  bio-mass instead of thermal power plant.

Chief Minister said that interim report of Justice DP Sood Commission on Benami Land Transactions had been received by the State Government and final report was likely to be received by the end of May.  He said that out of 61 clearances granted in the State 49 pertained to Congress regime.  He said that the State Government would thoroughly investigate into each of the cases to find out the factual position and the property acquired through unfair means would  be attached to the Government.