Residents of 78 villages of Kullu, Mandi and Shimla districts, who are likely to be affected by the construction of 775 MW Luhri hydroelectric project, are up in arms against the project as they fear that construction of 38-km long twin tunnels passing underneath many villages would ruin their habitat by causing environment changes, depletion of water levels, besides developing cracks in their houses.

Having refused no objection certificate (NOC) to the project, the affected people on Tuesday have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on the issue. The Luhri project, spread over areas of Kullu, Mandi and Shimla districts, is facing stiff opposition from people of affected panchayats since beginning. Environment activists have expressed concern over its impact on environment as the project would have longest twin tunnels in the world, that would divert the last flowing stretch of Satluj river.

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