Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math said on Friday that he was totally opposed to the government’s plan of setting up an Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) at Niddodi village in Dakshina Kannada district.

Addressing mediapersons here, the seer said that he would request the Union and State governments to give up the project. The proposed UMPP at Niddodi was four times bigger than the coal-based thermal power plant of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) at Yellur in Udupi district.

It was essential to stop the project at the conception stage. The people of Niddodi and surrounding villages should fight against the project. While he would not accept the leadership of such a struggle, he would offer all his support to any agitation in this regard. “When I fought against the UPCL, I alone had to sit on a fast against it, it was a lone struggle,” he said.

It was not a question of whether the BJP-led State government or the Congress-led Union government was supporting the UMPP.

The main point was that the UMPP was unsuitable for the coastal region. Besides environmental problems, it would lead to the destruction of fertile agricultural land and affect the livelihood of a large number of people. This was a totally unacceptable project.

He would urge Union Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily to drop the UMPP.

  • ‘The proposed UMPP at Niddodi is four times bigger than the thermal power plant at Yellur’

  • It was essential to stop the project at the conception stage, says seer