Jairam Ramesh attacks LDF govt for its decision on Athirappilly

Senior Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh attacked the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala for its decision to implement a hydro-power project at ecologically sensitive Athirappilly in Thrissur district, describing it a ‘recipe for ecological disaster’.

“The Congress is firmly opposed to this project,” Ramesh said, hours after the Kerala government informed the state assembly that it plans to implement the project on the downstreams of Chalakudy river.

Ramesh, who had rejected green clearance to the project during his stint as the Environment Minister in the previous UPA government citing the ecological issues, told that he would visit Athirappilly to give leadership to the people’s movement against the project.

He accused the LDF government of ‘playing in the hands of big contractors’.

In a written reply in the state Assembly, Kerala Electricity Minister M.M Mani said a total 15 hydro power projects including the Athirappilly has been planned by the Kerala State Electricity Board.


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