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Villagers launch fast-unto-death against thermal power project

Nagapattinam: After Kudankulam nuclear power plant, another energy project in Tamil Nadu has run into opposition with around 200 residents of Vellakovil village on Saturday launching a 'fast-unto-death' against the proposed 1,200 MW coal-based private thermal power plant in the area.

The protesters, including women and children, said their agitation would continue till the scrapping of the Rs 8,000 crore project proposed by Chettinadu Power Corporation in about 800 acres in Tarangambadi taluk.

Villagers gather on a beach in Nagapattinam. Reuters

Villagers gather on a beach in Nagapattinam. Reuters

Since December 2012, the fishermen and the people of this area had been organising agitations, including processions and demonstrations, opposing the setting up of the project, contending that it would affect costal ecology and the livelihood of 30,000 people of 25 hamlets.

The plant would also cause extensive air, water and land pollution, they claimed, adding it would directly affect about 1,800 acres of agricultural land.

A huge compound wall being constructed by the company would hamper free movement of people between inland and the coast, particularly at times of natural calamities like tsunami, they said.

"Since our repeated demands have fallen on deaf ears, we have been forced to take up this extreme step and we will continue our agitation till the construction work is stopped," they said.

The commissioning of Indo-Russian Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project set up in Tirunelveli District has been delayed due to protests by local people citing safety concerns.


Published Date: Feb 16, 2013 21:44 PM | Updated Date: Feb 16, 2013 21:44 PM

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