Madikeri, Karnataka, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Work on drawing of a high tension power line to Kerala from Kodagu district was stopped, following protest by the farmers.

The protesters got the pits dug by the Power Gird Corporation, refilled by the company's earth moving equipment.

Work on digging the pits had begun with police protection in Nallur village two days back, even the needed pylon erection material was kept by the company on the spot, but farmers protested on that day vehemently.

Yesterday, the agitators asked Tahasildar Prasanna Murthy to show a copy of the letter from the Government, giving a consent to the project.

The Tahasildar replied that the contract company had brought a stay order from the court against the petitions filed by various protesting organsiations, saying it was not possible to stall the project.

Not budding to that, the protestors demanded the route map of the proposed power line and survey numbers of the areas coming under that. Accordingly, the Tahasildar sought the map from the company which was given by the latter.

Surprisingly, the consent letter shown by the official made no mention of the route map and survey numbers of areas.

That resulted in the agitators raining a volley of questions, putting the Tahasildar in a piquant situation.

The Tahasildar, after speaking to his higher ups, asked the officers of the Company to stop the ongoing work as no proper document was available to carry on the work.

Officers of the Power Gird Corporation initially paid no heed to the order of the Tahasildar, but the protestors took the officers to task, resulting in a tense situation. However, police intervened and escorted the officers out of the spot.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)