Sonepur, Aug 28 (Odisha.com) At least three thousand villagers on Monday joined in a protest rally at Birmaharajpur of Subarnapur district against the proposed power plant by a private company at Pitamahul.
The residents of four villages who face displacement alleged they will be severely affected by pollution and water scarcity if the plant comes up.
This proposed 1320 MW KU Power plant is coming up in an area which is a parched region faced with acute water shortage during the non-monsoon months of the year, Ranjan Panda, convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha told Odisha.com.
The farmers have been demanding assured irrigation but their demands have fallen into deaf years of the government.
So, they are opposing the proposed power plant which is a water guzzling plant and will not only suck up all available water in the area but also will pollute the remaining water in the already water starved Mahanadi river, he added.
The government plans to go ahead with the plant despite local people’s opposition, he added. “We strongly oppose such a move and urge upon the government to scrap such polluting project”, he said.