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Free electricity would be given to families affected by hydropower projects of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL) in the state, a government official said Saturday.The HPPCL, a public sector undertaking, has seven mega hydropower projects, including the Rs.27 billion (Rs.2,700 crore or $561 million) Renuka Dam that will provide drinking water to Delhi. “The government Friday decided to provide more economic benefits to the families that will be affected by the projects being implemented by us,” HPPCL Director Tarun Kapoor told IANS. “The government will now provide 100 units of power free for 10 years to each of the project-affected families, besides a series of other economic benefits,” he said. So far, only Sai Engineering Foundation, an NGO that has set up a mini-hydro project in Kullu district, had taken the initiative to provide free power to a village located near the project. Read more at http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/business/free-electricity-to-families-affected-by-himachal-hydropower-projects_100140561.html

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