Members of the Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) have opposed the move to link the Kayamkulam thermal power plant with the Kochi LNG terminal through a sub-sea pipeline.

In a statement here on Wednesday, KSMTF State unit president T. Peter said that fishermen would organise a convention in Alappuzha on June 4 to chart out the agitation plan against the pipeline.

The pipeline is meant for pumping natural gas from Kochi to the Kayamkulam plant. Through this process, the Kayamkulam plant will be able to switch over from naphtha to natural gas as fuel which in turn will enable the 350 MW plant to be upgraded into a 1,400 MW plant.

Mr. Peter said the pipeline, which would have a 90 km sub-sea course, would cause several problems in the fishing sector. Work for laying the pipeline would cause serious environmental problems in the sea bed which could lead to depletion of sea wealth, thereby affecting the livelihood of fishermen, he said.

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