“If they want to implement the Athirappilly power project then they should bury all of us including the broods in the walls of the dam. If the officials have such temerity then they can go ahead with the project”. When Geetha, the chieftain of Vazhachal tribal settlement says this we can see the fire to fight in her eyes.
Geetha along with the other adivasi’s of the Kadar community in the Athirappilly- Vazhachal region is all set to protest against the proposed project which the Pinarayi Vijayan led Left democratic Front has placed in the forefront. The Kadar community which is majority in this particular area will be affected in a grander scale once the Athirappilly hydroelectric project kicks off. Even before the ink gets dried out after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state, Pinarayi has come up with a project which would cost the life of a particular civic itself. It’s not only about the people but also about the environmental damage that may occur.
For a common man, the decision taken by the LDF government may appear to be one which has been taken in haste. CM’s choice cannot be seen as a sudden decision and one must go back to 1998 and the stand of the then Electricity minister, Pinarayi Vijayan.