a plea by Anaithu Vivasayigal Paadhukappu Nala Sangam which opposes Uppoor
power project arguing that the move would destroy agriculture, thereby
affecting the livelihood of over one lakh farmers, a division bench of Justices
M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee ordered a notice to the state government
returnable by January 8.
association contended that the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution
Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) has decided to acquire lands in three
villages-Thirupalakudi, Valamavoor and Uppur-to establish ‘Uppur Power Plant,’
a coal based power plant with 800 x 2 MW capacity by acquiring an extent of
543.36 hectares of land.
out that a major portion of the land sought to be acquired includes fertile
lands, surplus outlet channels, water bodies and water ways, the plea said that
the present case is a text book case of a state government bent upon destroying
huge tracts of fertile agricultural lands by destroying their source of water
supply from channels.
the fact that there has not been a proper public hearing in connection with the
project, the plea also accused the Ramanathapuram Collector of terrorizing
through the Superintendent of Police who in turn threatened to shoot the
protesting villagers and bring them to books under the Goodas Act.
The plea stressed that the power plant project will
destroy the agricultural belt in the district and sought an interim stay on any
construction over the land and water bodies and to consequently restore the
water channels by removing the encroachments.