They blindfold themselves while carrying posters of national leaders
MYSORE: Keeping up the pressure against the Government to desist from going ahead with the coal-fired thermal power plant at Chamalapura, scores of activists took out a procession in the city on Tuesday in continuation of their agitation.
The activists blind folded themselves and carried placards of national leaders and were silent throughout the procession which commenced from Town Hall and culminated at the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
This was the first of the series of unique protests being held to draw the attention of the Government to the public opposition.
By blindfolding themselves, the activists said they were trying to send a message to the public and the authorities not to blindly support a project without realising its consequences. They strapped portraits of freedom fighters and national personalities, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Dr. Rajendraprasad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh and walked from the Town Hall through the K.R. Circle and a large banner proclaimed the public to “ Stop the forces who are ready to spoil the environment of Mysore”
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda was apprised of the fallout of the project and the convenor of Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore M. Lakshman flayed the authorities for not giving adequate information to the public.
The Deputy Commissioner assured the activist that a meeting would be convened in due course where the issues could be discussed in depth and all details would be provided.
Other activists, included advocate Arun Kumar, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Sudhir Vombatkere, Congress leaders Padmaprasad, G.V. Sitaram, Jogi Manju, Balakrishna of Mysore Kannada Vedike and farmer leaders Yashwanth and Dasharath Choudhary.
In a related development, the Chamalapura Thermal Power Plant Resistance Group comprising various associations, including the Environment Support Group and National Alliance of People’s Movement, SwamiVivekananda Youth Movement, and M.S. Nagaraja Rao, retired Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, had opposed the project.
They said no location-specific techno-economic survey had been conducted by the Government and responsible citizens of Mysore had formally written to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Prime Minister of India and the Energy Ministers of Karnataka and the Union of India, specifically addressing their concerns with constructive suggestions
Responding to the Government’s proposed move to hold an all-party political meeting, the group members said it was not a political issue and no realistic public purpose would be served by looking at all projects in political terms only.