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Raising slogans: Members of the Mahila Okkuta staging a demonstration in Mysore on Wednesday against the proposed thermal power plant at Chamalapura.
Raising slogans: Members of the Mahila Okkuta staging a demonstration in Mysore on Wednesday against the proposed thermal power plant at Chamalapura.

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MYSORE: Members of a women’s group and students have lent their support to the farmers agitating against the proposed Chamalapura thermal power plant.

Nearly 500 members of the Mahilodaya Mahila Okkuta gathered in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday and staged a protest against the proposed project.

The members said that a cost-benefit analysis and a study of the pros and cons of the proposed project had more of ill-effects and the negative implication outscored the perceived positive benefits and hence, it should be dropped.

The organisation has taken the lead in printing brochures and pamphlets highlighting the ill-effects of the proposed project in a bid to raise awareness.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the organisation listed the negative impact of going ahead with the 1000 MW power plant and said that land around Chamalapura was fit for agriculture and not for establishing industrial or power plants.

The proposed project was close to the national parks which were rich in wildlife and they would be affected, according to the organisation. Similarly, members of the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) staged a protest against the proposed power plant and pointed out that coal in India had a high percentage of ash content in it and hence, did not have thermal efficiency.

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