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UPCL must fulfill fundamental requirements of the people - District JDS Working president Gulam Mohammad says
Padubidri, December 14th, 2011:  The working president of Udupi district JDS, Gulam Mohammad, has said that the UPCL power company must fulfill the fundamental requirements of the people and also, it is its obligation to do so.  Instead of discussion on if the power plant is required or not, it should be company's first preference to take remedial action for the damages caused to the people from nearby 9 villages. He urged the company to show its responsibility by finding permanent solution or to compensate for the loss of agricultural output, drinking water contamination, people's living and environmental damages.  The company has shown its indifference and disregard by resuming power generation in a hurry without waiting for the submission of the report for compensation by the expert committee, on receiving pleas from people affected.  As per the Supreme Court's directives, before or after implementing any project, it is necessary to accept pleas from people on a regular basis.

He also said that he has visited those 9 affected villages and has personally seen the problems faced by the people.  In his statement he said that he would convene a meeting of district JDS to discuss his party's stance on proposed bundh to be observed on December 26th as per the bundh call given by the affected people.

                                                News by: Hareesh Kumar Hejmady