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Public hearing draws a mixed response

Public hearing draws a mixed responseA resident of Kallakudi voicing her protest against the limestone mine expansion plan of Dalmiya Cement (Bharat) at a public hearing held near Kallakudi on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: A_MURALITHARAN Residents, farmers and environmental activists from Kallakudi, Kovandakurichi and neighbouring areas registered their strong opposition to the proposed expansion of limestone mines of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) during a public hearing at Venkatachalapuram near Pullampadi on Tuesday. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPB) organised the public hearing on the proposed expansion of limestone mines at Kallakudi and Kovandakurichi to increase the production from 0.05 million tonnes to 0.75 million tonnes per annum. The public hearing was presided over by Collector K. Rajamani and was attended by over 500 people.

Soon after the meeting began, a group of about 100 persons, mostly from Kallakudi and Kovandakurichi, attempted to stage a road roko on the Tiruchi-Dalmiapuram road by claiming that they were denied entry into the public hearing venue. However, the police and officials acted swiftly, pacified the protesters and took them to the venue. They then expressed their views one after another.
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/public-hearing-draws-a-mixed-response/article19211831.ece

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