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Monday, 06 August 2018 12:37

POWER GRID PROJECT IN TN: STOP TO OCCUPYING THE AGRICULTURAL LAND

THE second largest power distribution plant of Asia is being constructed at Pugalur of Karur district in Tamilnadu taking over 200 acres of agricultural land. The Electricity towers are going to be erected for 30 high voltage power lines 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 these 30 high voltage power lines 12 are passing through the agriculture lands of 2 lakh farmers of 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 study shows that 18 thousand mega Watt current can be produced by thermal power, hydel projects, wind power, solar power and power produced by private sectors. According to it, it states that this high voltage power grid is going to be constructed 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 owners of land and without any information. Even through the farmers oppose this project severely, the 10 companies engaged in it have started constructinh the electricity towers with the help of government officials and police. 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 opposition from the people.

The agricultural land is spoiled to construct the electricity tower for this project. To build this electricity tower, the land is acquired 40m to 90m in width. Also agricultural work, construction work, digging wells and bore wells and plantation are banned in the nearby area of this power grid line. So nearby agricultural work is affected and also the value of the agricultural land is declining. The farmers are worried by loosing their lands which are their only wealth and source of their livelihood.

The farmers and the social activists state that the farmers are not only loosing their wealth but also their life. If a heart patient or a person with heart problem lives near this grid line it affects him severely and this electric impulse create many mental problems also.

No proper compensation is given to the land owners. No transparency is maintained 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 others. Thousands of poor and innocent framers are cheated. By giving false statement 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 farmers’ organisations in Tamilnadu against this project of central power grid corporation. Even though, the construction work is going on in 9 lines by disregarding the severe opposition of the farmers.

The government of Tamilnadu and the power grid corporation says that the expenses of the high voltage tower is much less than its alternatives like the underground cable lines and also in underground cables the laying and maintenance expenses also high. But the electrical researchers give different statement. They said that where the current taken through electric towers 12% of current loss will happen, but in underground cables this current loss can be avoided. By saving 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 construction of the electric towers, 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 occupying the agricultural land for power grid project ! Remove the already constructed electricity towers and re-construct it as an underground cable line !

Kalaivanan, State Secretary, AIKKS

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