Survey report puts Cheyyur project in trouble

It has identified 19 places of historical, archaeological and religious importance within a 10 km-radius of the plant site

A rapid survey conducted by a city environmental group has claimed the existence of structures of historical and religious importance near the site of the proposed 4000 Megawatt Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Cheyyur near here, contradicting the conclusions of the project proponents.

The survey, done in collaboration with villagers around the area by Community Environment Monitoring, has identified 19 places of historical, archaeological and religious importance within a 10 km-radius of the plant site and has put it in the open for professionals to verify.

According to the report, ‘Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited’, the project proponent, in its statutory submissions made to obtain Environment Clearance for the project, had declared that there were no areas occupied by sensitive man-made uses such as places of worship within the 10 km-radius of the project area.

The Common Environmental Impact Assessment report submitted as part of the statutory requirements stated that monuments of historical and religious importance were not reported in the area.

However, the survey claims that the area actually contains ancient monuments of the Chola era, now in a dilapidated condition requiring immediate intervention.

Read the full report here: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/survey-report-puts-cheyyur-project-in-trouble/article6691343.ece

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