Thursday, September 25, 2014

Impact of Coal Fired Power Plants on Mahanadi River: Invite to an Alternative Public Hearing!

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

Greetings from WIO and Mahanadi River Waterkeeper!

We are organizing a public hearing on impacts of coal fired power plants on Mahanadi.  This will be held on 28th of September at Chantipali village in Lakhanpur block of Jharsuguda district.  This village is on the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border and the public hearing will especially cover the impacts of NTPC's Lara Power Plant that has been approved without consulting the bordering villages who would be impacted by it.  In fact, map of the EIA report has put several villages in Odisha under the buffer zone of the plant.

Water Initiatives Odisha, as part of its 'Save Mahanadi Campaign' is organising this public hearing along with the federation of local self-government representatives of the area known as 'Sarpanch Sangha, Lakhanpur'.

In fact, many power plants have come up in Chhattisgarh-Odisha border without caring for the impacts they would have on the Mahanadi waters as well as people and ecology of downstream in Odisha.  NTPC’s Lara Power Plant is one such plant, which has been set up ignoring genuine concerns of people of Odisha who will be impacted negatively by the plant.

People from Odisha, especially from the Lakhanpur block, have been opposing this plant and asking the Odisha government as well as the Govt. of India to intervene and make their voices count.  Despite a long agitation, the Govt. of Odisha has not moved an inch to support the people’s genuine concern. They have not received any positive response from the central government either.

The Alternative Public Hearing that we are organising will have submissions from the local people with an objective to compile their grievances, add that with environmental concerns as viewed by experts who would join as 'People's Judges' in the public hearing.  The matter will then be taken up at a larger level for providing justice to the local people and freeing Mahanadi from pollution of Thermal Power Plants.

Environmentalist of national and international repute Debi Goenka from the Conservation Action Trust, Mumbai will join as the 'Chief People's Judge' in this programme along with Ranjit Patnaik, a known wildlife expert and member of Wildlife Society of Odisha who will join as 'People's Judge'. 

Ranjan Panda, Convenor of of Water Initiatives Odisha and a known water expert of the nation will co-ordinate the hearing along with Sanjeet Padhan, convenor of the Sarpanch Sangha Lakhanpur.

The programme is scheduled to start at 10.30 AM to be over at lunch time. 

May we request you to please support this great cause of the people of Odisha and ecology of the Mahanadi River by joining us if possible and/or spreading the word to all your contacts.

Looking forward to your support.

Thanks and regards,

Ranjan Panda

Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha, INDIA
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Waterkeeper Alliance, New York)

Mobile: +919437050103

Skype: ranjan.climatecrusader

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Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) is a coalition of civil society organisations, farmers, academia, media and other concerned, which has been working on water, environment and climate change issues in the state for more than two decades now.

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