Hydrocarbon: Minister says Centre will not implement project

Hydrocarbon: Minister says Centre will not implement project

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan today said the Centre will not implement any project that may be inimical to the farmers’ interests and ONGC said it has nothing to do wiht the project.

“I would like to clarify that the Centre will not be prepared to go ahead with any project not liked by the people and which could cause losses to the farmers,” he told reporters at Hosur.

In the wake of continuing protests against the proposed hydrocarbon extraction project in Tamil Nadu and claims made by a section of protestors and media linking ONGC to such initiatives, the top PSU denied any links to the Neduvasal project.

“ONGC is not an awardee under DSF (Discovered Small Field) 2016 in the state of Tamil Nadu,” it said.

“ONGC is also reiterating its position that no activities relating to Shale Gas or Coal Bed Methane (CBM) have been undertaken in Tamil Nadu and there is no such plan,” it said in a press release.

“Some misunderstandings are being created in the minds of Cauvery delta villagers that ONGC s operations will adversely affect agriculture.”

It said, for more than 50 years ONGC has been working in Cauvery Delta area and no adverse effects have taken place in agriculture.

In places where there were temporary unavoidable damages to crops, it had “promptly undertaken remedial measures and paid compensation.”Read more

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