Farmers protest setting up of thermal plant in K'taka

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Bijapur, Aug 27 (UNI) Amidst protests from a group of farmers, a eight-member central team today inspected the proposed place for establishing a super thermal power plant near Telagi village in the district.

The BJP government in Karnataka had picked the Bijapur site and at Tadadi in Uttara Kannada district as sites for setting up NTPC built power stations of 1000 mw each. Tadadi had already attracted severe opposition to the project but government said it would convince the people.

Today central officials held a meeting with farmers numbering nearly 2000. Protesting the decision they handed over a memorandum opposing the setting up of plant.

They also shouted slogans against the government for its 'anti farmer' attitude.

The team visited the area near Telagi railway station where he proposed power plant is planned.

It also visited the fields at Kudagi village coming under the proposed project where horticulture crop was grown.

The team consisting of Revenue, Energy, Enviornment departments officials headed by Mr. Puri noted the views of farmers of the area.

Deputy Commissioner C M Shirol, Superintendent of Police Arun Chakravarti Jeji, state Revenue officials and Hescom officials accompanied the team.

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