Thiruvananthapuram: Close on the heels of Electricity Minister M M Mani announcing in the House that Athirappilly project is under the active consideration of the state government, the CPI has come out with strong opposition against the plan.

CPI state Secretary Kanam Rajendran said that government cannot implement the project just by making a statement in the house. The final decision will be made by the LDF which comprises the CPI.

The project is not included in the election manifesto of the LDF, he told reporters here.

Replying to a query raised by N Shamsudeen MLA in Assembly, Minister M M Mani said that the government is actively considering Athirappilly and will seek consensus for the project’s implementation.

He said the government intends to produce 312 Megawatt electricity from 15 hydroelectric projects including Athirappilly. From Athirappilly alone, 163 Megawatt can be produced, according Mani’s written reply.

Earlier, when Kadakampally Surendran was the Electricity Minister, he too had said the government was considering to implement the project.