Trichy: Adding fuel to the burning protests against the ongoing hydrocarbon exploration projects, the Union ministry of environment has given permission to the ONGC to conduct detailed environmental impact assessment studies for the proposed drilling of 40 hydrocarbon wells in Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts.
The move has come in for condemnation from farmers associations who have threatened of massive protests against the proposal. The entire farming community has been urging both the state and central governments to declare the entire delta region as a protected agriculture zone, but the latest permission given by the Centre has not gone down well with the farmers.
The Centre has accorded the nod for the study, but the Tamil Nadu government should not permit to proceed further,he added.
“Exploration of hydrocarbon is a policy decision of the ruling BJP government. However, the recently concluded polls clearly indicate that it will not come to power again, so the BJP is in a hurry to execute the project before the next government assumes charge at the Centre,” he alleged. ONGC already has 27 permits in the delta region and now they have 40 more. No public opinion hearings were conducted. So, the government is not working for the benefits of the people, the farmers alleged.