Tuesday, November 2, 2010

‘Save Mahanadi' activists target Tata project

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On World Environment Day this year we pledged to save rivers of Orissa from pollution and dying owing to several reasons.  We started off this campaign from the dying Bheden river.    Since then we have been keeping a watch on rivers of the state and are raising issues concerning their well being and survival.  

This email goes with a latest news on an agitation around river Mahanadi, the mother river of Orissa.  We at WIO stand in solidarity with all these movements that vow to save rivers of Orissa from dying.

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‘Save Mahanadi' activists target Tata project


CUTTACK: Now the Mahanadi Bachao (Save Mahanadi) Andolan activists have targeted the proposed 1000 MW thermal power project of Tata Company near Naraj and have threatened that not a single drop of river water would be allowed to be diverted to this project.

Joining in a massive rally on Sunday organised by the locals who have been opposing the project for several other reasons, the leaders of Save Mahanadi organisation threw their weight behind the local people.

Rally taken out

Hundreds of locals, accompanied by outfit activists took out a rally in the locality and organized a public meeting at a nearby school playground which was attended among others by the outfit leaders like former minister Bijay Mohapatra, Samir Dey and several other leaders.

Urging the local people to vehemently oppose the project, the speakers pointed out that valuable agricultural land in the locality would be damaged if the proposed thermal power plant comes up in the area.

They also threatened that the project if at all comes up in the locality; it would not be allowed to draw water from Mahanadi River.

The locals had been opposing the project ever since the state government issued notification about the project in November 2008.

They say the thermal power would severely disturb the local environment and the Millennium city would be the hottest place in the state thereby putting the eight lakh populace in misery.

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