KARNATAKA

Green signal given to power project, says official

UDUPI, DEC. 6. The Deputy Commissioner, T. Sham Bhatt, said here on Monday that Nagarjuna Power Corporation Ltd. had got permissions and clearances from the Union and the State governments to set up a 1,015-MW coal-based power plant near Padubidri.

He told presspersons here that the State Government had directed the district administration to provide police protection for taking up the work. The district administration had written to the Government to clarify if the company had got permission to start the work. In a letter on November 30, the Government gave details of the permissions, including those by the Department of Energy and the Central Electricity Authority, and no-objection certificates from the Department of Forest and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. However, the letter was silent on permission or the lack of it from gram panchayats. He said the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board had acquired land for the project. The district administration had brought to the notice of the Government that local people were opposed to the project. The Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, had said that the issue would be resolved peacefully. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, had called a meeting to sort it out. The Superintendent of Police, S. Murugan, and the Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Naga Naik, were present.

Protests to continue

The president of the Nandikur Janajagriti Samiti, Lakshman Shetty, told presspersons that the peaceful protest against the setting up of the project would continue.

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