The construction project of “Khachaghbyur-2” SHP again caused lively discussions in the course of the public hearings held in Getahovit Village on 6 December. The villagers voted “against”. Besides the villagers, the hearings were participated by activists from “Trchkan” civic initiative and Teghout Support Group, Zaruhi Postanjian, MP from “Heritage” Faction, Deputy Head of “Environmental Expertise of Nature Protection Ministry of Armenia” SNCO Henrik Grigoryan, and project developers – “Era” LLC and “Megaenergy” Company.
Reminder; the Nature Protection Ministry of RA annulled the positive opinion of the environmental expertise on the project of “Khachaghbyur-2” SHP after public statements in Getahovit Village. According to Trchkan Support Group activist Levon Galstyan, new public hearings on the amended project should not be declared on the basis that 1077 villagers of Getahovit have already signed under the statement, which lays down their opposition with the construction of another SHP in their territory.
“Now the project has been amended, the parts that comply with reality have been removed, several risks have been added, for example, the felling of 140 trees. But the main thing is that villagers oppose to this SHP, because “Khachaghbyur-1” SHP, which has already been operating, caused huge damages to the village, and nobody was held responsible for this SHP. Nobody was also held also that the construction of “Khachaghbyur-2” SHP was launched with the violations of the standards, in other territory and seized the territory of the reserves,” he told EcoLur.
December 07, 2012 at 01:56