Mangalore, August 8: Mangalore Bishop Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’ Souza, listened the fears of the people through the officials of MSS expressed and assured his full pledged support to the ‘Save Niddodi Movement’, which led by Matrubhoomi Samrakshana Samithi (MSS) against the power plant, here on August 8th.
Bishop said with MSS officials that this is a people oriented movement by the people as to save the land, hence every one need to protest against Ultra Mega Power Project, which would take away our cultivation, nature and identity of farmer class. ‘We need to stop such projects from their very inception lest we should lose our battle’, he said.
‘Everyone must be united till the end in this movement transcending the parameters of religion and creed. We are fully with you in your people oriented movement and I have already expressed this to the members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and requested the support’, Bishop opined.
While the MSS officials thanked the Bishop for the support and appealed to him to communicate the fears and demands of the parishioners of Niddodi with state as well central governments.
MSS President Alphonse D’Souza said that the Nandikoor UPCL can produce 1200 M.W. power but just 300 M.W. is being produced because supplying more power through the wires would bring in much more side effects to the people above whose houses the power is moved and we will be the victims of 4000 M.W. of power. We need our land, fields and the green nature. No amount of incentives and promises will change our mind and outlook’, he said.
Vinodhara Suvarna, the Secretary of MSS was present.
By: Sathish Kapikad