Orissa’s Balangir district villagers oppose proposed thermal power plant of Sahara Group

January 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Even though the proposed thermal power plant of Sahara Group is yet to come up in the district, people have started raising their voice against it by holding rallies and demonstrations.

Reports said several villagers of Ghantbaahali, Luthurbandh Pudapadar, Saagunmunda Mahada, Jamojore and others villages of Titlagarh block on Saturday took out a rally in the town, about 80 km away from here on against setting up the power plant in that area.

According to reports, the Sahara Group is going to set up a 1,320-MW thermal power plant in between Ghantbahali and Lutherbandh and a total of six villages will be affected.

“We are opposing the setting of this thermal power plant as fly ash of thermal power plant would pollute the air and water of this area. Moreover, it would also increase the temperature of this region further,” said a social activist Balkrishna Sandh.

Titlagarh is known for the it extreme temperature and the temperature varies from 43 to 48degree Celsius and even 50 degree Celsius in summer .With the establishment of the industry the temperature would also further go up, he claimed.

As this region is located in between Tel and Under river area, even in Att(upland) land people produce a lot of paddy, mung, horsegram(kolatha) and crops besides vegetables. Moreover, it is going to acquire 600acre of private lands. This would deprive livelihood of several poor people The possibility of getting employment of, locals in the factory would be very remote as there are hardly any technically qualified people in the area, said Sandh.

“We are not against industrilastion. But we are opposing this industry in view of pollution and other effects. Those people who do not have land or are urban based are propagating this project. We are of the view that this plant should be shifted to other places where in the company official have surveyed,” said the social activist. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to District Collector Aswasthy S, who was present in Titlagarh.

Entry filed under: Balangir, Industries and mineral resources, Infrastructure, Region watch, Thermal power plant.

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