Govt to quash Athirappilly project
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is planning to scrap the Athirappilly hydroelectric project. Addressing the assembly on Monday, Electricity minister MM Mani said that the project would not be implemented as opposition refused to support it.
“Earlier I have said that the project would not be implemented without the cooperation of opposition as well as the ruling party. But I wish the project should be implemented and I have said it in public functions,” said MM Mani.
Meanwhile, MLA VD Satheesan responded that the opposition would not support the project at any cost.
The LDF government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has been trying to implement the project which was quashed earlier due to the protest from environmental activists.
Chief minister said that the project would be implemented without interrupting the waterfalls. Whereas minister MM Mani noted that electricity is more important than forest.
Amidst protest the state government has executed the project and started construction of a sub-station for power house at Athirappilly. The project got approval from Union Environment Ministry for 10 years from 2007. But the approval was temporarily cancelled for three years and restored in 2012.
Meanwhile, KSEB has informed the ministry that the initial works are underway for the project and the project can be executed within 2020.
However, electricity minister declared that the project would not be implemented.