Study sought on impact of Sethusamudram

via www.newindpress.com published on April 27, 2007


T’PURAM: A detailed study, with the people’s participation, should be carried out to assess the impact of the proposed Sethusamudram project on the sea off Kerala and the Kerala coasts, a seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) and the Botany Department of Kerala University urged the government.

There is a need for scientifically assessing the impact of the project on the marine resources and fisherfolk before going ahead with it, speakers at the seminar said.

Kerala University Vice-Chancellor M K Ramachandran Nair inaugurated the seminar. Organising committee chairman C S P Iyer who presided over the seminar said that the environmental impact on Kerala due to the project is yet to be put under the scanner.

Several factors in the environmental impact study conducted by the National Environmental Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, were not taken into account, said scientist C P Rajendran in a paper presented on the occasion.

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