Committee passes resolution against implementation of the methane gas project in the Cauvery delta region.

Changing its stand, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) on Saturday passed a resolution against the implementation of the methane gas project in the Cauvery delta region.

The environment clearance for the project, proposed by the Great Eastern Energy Corporation, was given by the UPA government in 2012. With farmers fearing a huge environmental damage to the region, which is considered the State’s rice bowl, the AIADMK government opposed the project.

Asked whether this was a reversal of the party’s stand over the years, TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan told reporters that the resolution was proposed by the district presidents of the Cauvery delta region, and it was unanimously accepted.

The meeting of office-bearers also called for the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling in the Mullaperiyar dam case, allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the storage level to 142 feet.

The TNCC wanted immediate creation of the Cauvery Management Board as per the court ruling.

Mr. Gnanadesikan said that while the State government assured the people of uninterrupted power supply from June 1, reports from districts suggested that power cuts were still on in some parts. If the problem was not resolved soon, the Congress would stage a protest. The TNCC president said the party would strive for prohibition and explore the possibility of joining hands with other parties that favoured the idea.

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