Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday hit out at the Narendra Modi government accusing it of meting out “step-motherly treatment” to the state and asked it to immediately approve the proposed zonal plan for Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).
“The Centre must revoke the rejection of the master zonal plan of Bhagirathi ESZ and approve it immediately for the benefit of the people living in the area,” he told reporters here after observing a one-day hunger strike. Rawat alleged that the Centre is adopting indifferent parameters and discriminating the state on the issue which has hindered the development of the hill state.
Recently, the Centre had rejected Uttarakhand’s zonal plan proposal for the Bhagirathi ESZ, which starts from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi, saying the plan designed by the state government had “many shortcomings”.
In the plan, Uttarakhand had proposed setting up 10 small hydro-power projects in the region and carrying out infrastructure projects like building roads in the eco-sensitive area. Rawat also advocated for relaxation of environmental norms for Uttarakhand on the lines of those offered to other Himalayan states.