12 April, 2021

All Sooted Up

A thermal plant threatens a rich wetland

All Sooted Up
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Where The Muck Is

  • The coal-fired ECEPL power project is a grave threat to one of the few coastal swamps in eastern India
  • Just 5 km from Telineelapuram bird sanctuary. The marshland is the main source of sustenance for the local farmers and fisherfolk.
  • Experts allege that ECEPL began excavating, filling up of swamps even before getting environmental clearance in April, 2009

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On February 28, it rained rubber bullets and smoke bombs near Kakarapalli village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. Some 2,000-odd local villagers were protesting against the East Coast Energy Private Ltd (ECEPL) thermal power plant. Two people died in the violence and the company was quick to apologise through a press release: “We are deeply pained at the unfortunate incidents that happened today in Srikakulam. The company is committed to sustainable development and is working with the state government to restore normalcy.” Ironic,...

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