Niddodi, a village located 28 kilo meters to the east of mangalore is facing the danger of proposed thermal power plant. Niddodi power plant, if implemented will turn the fertile argicultural land into the dead land.
What exactly is the Niddodi thermal power plant project..??
This project aims to constitute a thermal power plant which generates 8 Mega watts of power using coal. It will use Nandini river water for the cooling purposes. The plant will be set up in 700 acres of land in the village of niddodi.
The afftected villages: Niddodi, Tenkamijaru, Badagamijaru, Mucchuru, Puttige, Kallamundkur, Kateelu, Kinnigoli and Yedapadavu.
Here is the photograph of the small hill where the plant will be established.
This is the Nandini river whose water will be used for cooling the plant.
The establishment of this power station will have long-term negative ecological and human consequences.
The water organisms in the river and the sea face the threat of extinction, due to the massive pollution caused by the power station. The disposal of effluents including hot water, coal dust, will be very difficult, which in turn will lead to more pollution. The power station will pollute an area of 8000 acres and more around it. Sources also say that the proposed moodbidri taluk, as a whole will face the consequence of the project.
This agricultural land and greenery will be no more.
Realising the danger, the “Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti” and “Matrabhhomi Samrakshanaa Samiti” are creating awareness among the localites to oppose this project.
And now, the fight against the proposed Niddodi power project has taken a new turn as “Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti” which is heading the fight against the project will organise Hunger strike on 28th of this month from 6 AM to 6 PM.
The president of this association, Alphonse Dsouza has said that the administration is trying to hide the reality from the common man. If we go ahead and ask the concerned officials about the information about the project, they shoo us off with the phrase “information not available”.
He continued stating, on 16th of this month some officials had come to survey the area without prior notice. When asked, they tried to hide the reality. Due to the intervention of media we could only learn the fact that they have come for the power project survey. And from the resources we could find out that the DC has told not to disclose any information to the public.
Earlier on 26th of May, a huge protest against the project was organised and this was the initial boost to unite localites against the project.
Dear reader, our district in not capable of sustaining this project and its consequences. And hence the project has to be opposed to save our mother land. So lets come together and join hands with the people of Niddodi.
Niddodi protest photo courtesy: www.niddodi.com