A familiar name among the Indian environmentalists, CR Neelakandan had always tried to take the side of the marginalised. He was in the forefront of almost all environmental issues including Plachimada, Lalur and Silent Valley. An engineer by profession, Neelakandan’s contribution to the literary world also cannot be ignored. Neelakandan currently serves as the convenor of Aam Aadmi Party in the state of Kerala and has been in the forefront of the agitation against the proposed Athirappilly power project.
After the LDF Government was sworn in, Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan raised the need for reviving the Athirappilly power project to meet the power crisis in the State. In this conversation with KochiPost reporter Unnikrishnan R, Neelakandan talks about the Athirappilly power project, its economic feasibility, the environmental damages it may cause, how it affects Kochi city and much more.
You have always turned your face against the Athirappilly power project in the past years. Do you still hold the same stand towards the issue?