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STOP ATHIRAPPILLY PROJECT & SAVE ENVIRONMENT

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STOP ATHIRAPPILLY PROJECT & SAVE ENVIRONMENT

Honorable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee,

The Kerala State Electricity Board has proposed to build 163 MW capacity hydropower project at the Athirapally waterfalls on the Chalakudy River, Kerala. The proposed dam will affect 138.6 hectors of forest land and livelihood of tribal families depending on the forest and river. Also, a stretch of 28.5 hectares of riparian forest falls under the submergence area while it will reduce or dry up the water-flow of Athirapally waterfall which harnesses ecology and tourism in this area.

The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), led by Mr. Gadgil, constituted by Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to suggest conservation measures for the Western Ghats has rejected this proposal due to the severity of environmental damage including flora and fauna and non-economic viability.

We people of India including NRIs humbly request your urgent action which please do not allow this ATHIRAPPILLY PROJECT to happen.

Yours Faithfully,

 

Laiju Devassy, 60 Industries Road, Moorooka, Queensland, Australia - 4105

04/04/2017



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