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Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched (19 Apr 2010 00:00)

Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched (19 Apr 2010 00:00- The Hindu)

Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched

Special Correspondent

A fact-finding panel to be constituted

Oppose Coal Power Group holds two-day meeting in Bangalore

Fact-finding panel to explain faults in the integrated energy policy

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Oppose Coal Power Group, an organisation extending support to the people fighting against establishment of thermal power plants that cause damage to environment and bring in other problems, would launch a nation-wide awareness campaign.

This was decided during the two-day meeting of the organisation at Bangalore a few days ago. The group decided to constitute a national-level fact-finding committee and support the anti-thermal power plant struggles every where. It would explain to the people the huge loss of land to the people, huge displacement, severe damage to environment, threat to food security and other dangers due to thermal power plants. It would also explain the faults in the integrated energy policy. It was found that many thermal power plants were coming up all over the country but most of them are in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Chattisgarh.

At the Bangalore meeting, B.M. Mohan (Sivaji) of the Paryavarana Parirakshana Samiti of Sompeta, an organisation leading the agitation against establishment of a super thermal power plant, explained about the impending danger due to that plant and also the 73 power plants proposed along the Andhra coast.

A former engineer of Karnataka State Electricity Board Shankar Sharma explained the impact of excess production of power. Maitreyi Dasgupta and Preethi Sarman of the Green Peace organisation organised the two-day programme.

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