Yavatmal, Maharashtra: Villagers from 60 affected villages opposed the Sahsthrakund hydel power project, at the public hearing held at the tehsil office of Mahagaon to seek people's opinion on setting it up.
The people's representatives and leaders of the Anti Project Action Committee have also opposed the project.
According to official sources, the public hearing meeting held at Mahagaon under the chairmanship of Yavatmal District Resident Deputy Collector Pandurang Borgaonkar, saw stiff opposition for the project, proposed to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 583 crore.
People from over 60 villages coming under the submersion area of the project strongly opposed it and have threatened agitation, they said.
Legislator Vijay Khadse said in his address that it would affect the flora and fauna of the region besides destroying hundreds of acres of fertile land. He has pledged to oppose the project and assured to take up the issue with the state government.
Deosarkar alleged that the survey conducted by the Pune University's Science and Technology Department was faulty and said they had not presented the true picture of the project
site and its adverse impact.
The Working President of the Anti Project Action Committee Shridhar Deosarkar and his deputy Deepak Pendhe said the project will adversely affect tiger and other wildlife population in the Painganga Sanctuary besides destroying lakhs of valuable trees in the protected forest area.
Also, the Maharshtra government has not yet received the 'No Objection' Certificate from the Union Forest Ministry for the project, they alleged.
Borgaonkar, after giving a patient hearing to the public, assured them that he would communicate their sentiments to the government for necessary action.
The meeting was also attended by sitting MLA of Umarkhed Vijay Khadse and former MLA Prakash Patil Deosarkar.