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NCHRO asks ONGC to publish white paper on its operations in

Press Trust of India  |  Thanjavur(TN) 

National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) today urged to publish a on its ongoing exploration operations and future plans in delta areas in the district.

A team of NCHRO, the umbrella body of various human rights and civil rights organisations and activists, led by its Chairperson Prof A Marx,had last week visited Kathiramangalam, Kuthalam, Vilamal and Adiyakkamangalam, where is conducting the explorations.

They interacted with the villagers who have been protesting over the last two weeks against the exploration by the major as they fear it would affect the environment and also their livelihood, NCHRO sources said.

They team held discussions with officials regarding the projects and submitted a report with various suggestions to the and the PSU.

It urged the to release 10 persons arrested for protesting against ONGC's operations and withdrawal of cases filed against them.

The team also wanted the to constitute a panel headed by a High Court judge to study the environmental impact due to ONGC's operations in the delta region.

The panel should include technical and industry experts besides doctors and human rights activists.

Noting that ONGC's operations in Kathiramangalam had been suspended temporarily due to local protest,the team urged the to stop ONGC's activities till the apprehensions of the people are allayed.

On June 30, several persons, including two policemen, were injured when some locals and activists allegedly belonging to opposition parties, reportedly indulged in violence while protesting a 'leak' in an pipe, leading to lathicharge at Kathiramangalam.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 16:32 IST