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Cong demands govt make its stand clear on Athirappily project

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

With speculation rife that the CPI(M)-led in was going ahead with the controversial 163 MW Athirappilly hydel project, the opposition today demanded that Chief Minister make the government's stand clear on it.

Opposition leader in the Ramesh Chennithala said that the should make its stand clear on the project.

"We will not allow the project at any cost as it is harmful for the environment," he said.

Power minister had informed the assembly yesterday that preliminary works on the project had begun.

Earlier, the had stated that the project would be implemented only through consensus.

As reports emerged today that State Electricity Board had put up a transformer in the project area, it fuelled speculations that the government was going ahead with the project despite protests from environmentalists.

Kanam Rajendran, State secretary of CPI, a partner of the ruling LDF, said just because a transformer had been set up in the project area did not mean that the government was going ahead with the project.

"Since the last 35 years it is being said that the project has begun", he said.

An official in power minister's office said some preliminary work had been taken up as an office and staff are already stationed in the project area.

However, he made it clear that no work with regard to implementation of the project had started.

Meanwhile, AIYF, the youth wing of CPI, took out a march to the project area in Thrissur, protesting against any move to start the project.

The project was mooted years ago, but ran into trouble and was kept in abeyance by successive governments due to protests from local people and environmentalists.

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 21:07 IST