Lakhanpur Villagers opposes Thermal Power Plant in Chhattisgarh, Submits Memorandum

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 Jharsuguda: Villagers of 13 Gram Panchayat of Jharsuguda’s Lakhanpur Block have opposed against the proposed 4000 MW super thermal power plant by NTPC and 1320 Megawatt power plant of JSW in Chhattisgarh border. They have submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Odisha through Jharsuguda Dist. Collector on Monday.

As per the memorandum, Kondayikela, Remta, Pithinda, Charpali, Kanaktura, Badimal, Bhikampali, Attabira, Panchgaun, Palsada, Machida, Katarbaga and Jamga Gram panchayat in Odisha are apprehend of severe air pollution because of setting up of these Power Plants in Chhattisgarh – Odisha border. Additionally, the Power Plants have not hold Public Hearing in these villages under EIA Notification 2006.

 “As per the EIA Notification (Environmental Impact Assessment) 2006, there was no public hearing was conducted in these Villages for which we have decided to hold an massive Dharna on September 19th at Kanaktura Chowk to create more awareness among the people regarding this.” Said by Attabira Gram Panchayat, Sarpanch, Sanjeev Pradhan

The upcoming 4,000 MW NTPC Power Project at Lara in Chhattisgarh, about half a km from the Odisha border was scheduled to be inaugurated on September 19 by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

“As per the notification, the Public Hearing was done at Chhattisgarh but not in our village’s in spite of the fact that our villages will also being affected due to the pollution of these plants then why we were neglected?” questions Rabi Ratan Pradhan, a villager, Rengali

Jharsuguda ADM, Bibhuti Bhusan Behera sad that, “We have received the memorandum given by the villagers and have suggested them to protest peacefully and I am hopeful that no law and order situation will be created.”

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