POWER GRID PROJECT IN TAMILNADU: Stop to occupy the agricultural land - AIKKS

01 July 2018
The second largest power distribution plant of Asia is constructing on Pugalur of Karur district in Tamilnadu with 200 acres of area. The Electricity towers are going to be created for 30 high voltage power line by the power grid corporation of central government and Tamilnadu electricity Power Corporation to connect all power stations and sub power stations of Tamilnadu to Pugalur junction. Among this 30 high voltage power line 12 is placing on the agriculture lands of 2 lakh farmers is 15 districts that is from Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore districts.

Also a current line way is constructing on the Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Tiruppur, Erode, Namakkal, and Vellore districts of Tamilnadu and to Raipur of Chattisgarh state through Andra pradesh and Telangana. According to it a power grid way is constructing for 2,024 km distance in this districts of Tamilnadu.

The electricity need of Tamilnadu in present situation is 15 thousand mega watt. In this situation a new plan to expand the power station is taken place in Ennore, North Chennai, Uppur, Kadaladi and Udangudi areas. Also a research told that 18 thousand mega Watt current can be produced by thermal current, water current, wind current, solar current and current produced by private sectors. According to it, it states that this high voltage power grid is going to construct to take the excess current production to northern states for selling and also buy the current from there in needy time.

10 big companies which make an agreement with Tamilnadu electricity power corporation and central power grid corporation for this power grid project constructs the power grid lines for 2,024 km distance without asking the opinion of the owner of land and without any information. Even through the farmers oppose this project severely, this 10 companies starts to construct electricity towers with the help of government officials and polices. Among the 30 high voltage power line, Electricity towers are constructing in 3 lines by Tamilnadu electricity board and in 6 lines by the central power grid corporation without considering the severe oppose of people.

The agricultural lands are splited to construct the electricity tower for this project. To build this electricity tower, the land is acquisite with the breadth of 40m to 90m. Also agricultural works, construction works, digging wells and bore wells and plantation are banned in the nearer area of this power grid line. So agricultural work is affected and also the value of the agricultural land is decline. The farmers are worried by losting their lands which are their only wealth and their livelihood.

The farmers and the social activist states that the farmers are not only lost their wealth but also their life. If the heart patient or a person who fix phase maker for heart problem lives near to this grid line affects severely by the electric impulse and this electric impulse create many mental problems also.

No proper compensation is given to the land owners. No transparency is maintain on the given compensation. In some places, the compensation given upto 10 lakh for some peoples, but only Rs 20,000/- is given as a compensation for some other. Likelly thousands of the poor and innocent framers are foolished by them. By giving false statement, foolishing and threatening the innocent farmers they get the signature of the farmers to occupy their land for constructing the electricity towers.

In some places this construction works are temporarily stopped because of many struggles of the solidarity movement of the farmer's organisation in Tamilnadu against this project of central power grid corporation. Even though, the construction work is going on in 9 lines by avoiding the severe oppose of the farmers.

In Kerala also this power grid project is implemented .But there, this project implement on the sides of road way by laying as a electricity cables in underground in maximum of places. For example the Kerala region of the Pugalur to Thirssur power grid line goes as an underground cable on the sides of road. Also this grid lines are going to lay in underground as an electric cable in big cities of Tamilnadu like Chennai, Salem, Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore. The farmers demands that without occupying the agricultural land lay this power line as underground cable on sides of road as in the big cities of Tamilnadu and Kerala.

But the government of Tamilnadu and the power grid corporation says that the expenses of the high voltage tower is much less than the underground cable lines and also in underground cables the laying and maintenance expenses also high. But the electrical researchers gives different statement. They said that whether, the current takes through electric towers 12% of current loss will happen, but in underground cables this current loss can be avoided. Also by controlling this 12% current loss the excess expense on cable lines can be compensate within 3 years.

So, the affected 2 lakh farmers in 15 districts of Tamilnadu struggle with the demands that without occupying the agricultural land and without construct the electric tower take this power grid line as an underground cables in all others places.

It cannot be allowed to destroy the livelihood of the farmers and peoples to give stopless current to MNC corporates and for the looting process of Adani and other private power stations.

 Stop to occupy the agricultural land for power grid project.

 Remove the electricity tower that already constructed and re construct it as an underground cables.

Kalai vanan,

State Secretary.

AIKKS, Tamil nadu.


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