6 killed in Kinnaur landslide in Himachal at JP power project site

In a landslide at Kachsthal village in  Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh 6 people were killed and 20 injured today morning. The village is situated near the Karcham Wangtu hydro power project site which is being executed by the JP group.

A few other people working on the site reportedly jumped into the Satluj and have not been traced.

The CPI(M) has demanded that the compensation act that is applicable to JP employees should be applied to the workmen who have died.  Each of their families must be given not less than Rs 15 lakh as compensatory support. Further, the party has stated that since the tunnel and the power house work is on the right bank, the colonies of workmen should be shifted to the left bank of the river so that no more casualties takes place.

Local activists have for long been accusing the hydro-power company of triggering landslides in the area. Two days back eight workers were injured and one person was killed at ‘Kakstal’ project site in a similar landslide.

The administration however said it was not clear whether the incident was weather related or due to tremor caused by blasting of rocks at the project site.

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