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Athirappilly hydel project: CWC submits favourable report

[media-credit name=”Image Courtesy: The Hindu” align=”aligncenter” width=”300″]10ISBS_WGhats-3_11_1232843g[/media-credit]New Delhi: On the controversial 163 MW Athirappilly hydel project proposed in Thrissur district, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has submitted a favourable report.

The Commission in its report stated that there was enough water current in the Chalakudy River for the construction of the dam. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) replied to the doubts raised by the expert committee of the Ministry of Environment & Forests.

Environmentalists had raised fears that clearance to the project would result in destruction of wildlife habitat in Athirappilly-Vazhachal forest ranges along the Western Ghats.

However, the expert panel said that The Great Hornbill would be the only species that could face extinction due to raise in water-level and these could be rehabilitated.

The project had received clearance by the UPA government in 2009. However, the clearance was cancelled following protests from green activists.

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