Work on Chamalapur plant comes to standstill

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Mysore, Nov 22 (UNI) The work on the controversial thermal power plant at Chamalapura in this district has come to a standstill and a final decision in this regard was likely only after a consultation with experts, Deputy Commissioner N S Channappa Gowda said today.

Speaking to newsmen he said that Governor Rameshwar Thakur was likely to discuss the issue in the next two weeks, but the official position was to keep the issue in abeyance.

Consequent to this, tenders called for conducting an environmental assessment and technical feasibility of the project had not been opened, he said.

The environmental impact assessment had to be done first before holding a public meeting, he added.

The project has become a controversy ever since it was announced early this year and the citizens and farmers have been consistent in opposing this.

Even the non-governmental organisations have kept the issue alive and been opposing the project for the past four months.

The 1000 MW coal-based power plant was proposed to be located at Chamalapur about 25 km from Mysore and if commissioned the Rs 5500 crore plant would burn over 1.76 million tonnes of coal every year.

It requires 2000 acres of land.

UNI

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