local farmers and residents of Sipat in the Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh have registered a massive protest against the location of a 3,000 megawatt super thermal power station in the locality. They allege that the project will result in largescale utilisation of irrigable land, diversion of water from paddy fields to the thermal station and environmental degradation.
Leading the protest are two local organisations -- the Sipat-based Sarvadaliya Kisan Morcha and the Paryavaran Samrakshan Manch in Bilaspur. Villagers have also petitioned power minister P R Kumaramangalam and environment and forest minister T R Baalu to review the project.
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