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To: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Save Theni from Neutrino Observatory
Scrap the India Neutrino Observatory in Theni
Why is this important?
On March 5, 2018 the Central Government cleared the India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in Theni, Tamil Nadu. Despite the project being important to Atomic energy, there are significant problems with the location of the proposed INO.
Pottipuram in Theni, is a part of the Western Ghats - a UN recognised world heritage site. Over the last few years the Western Ghats are being destroyed for construction, red industries and other commercial activities. Time and again, environmentalists and concerned citizens have tried to keep the Ghats safe by speaking up and acting against its destruction. It is once again time to stand with our ghats.
The Neutrino Observatory is being constructed in a fragile spot that will destroy the flora and fauna of Pottipuram. Additionally, the radiation emitted from the observatory will cause severe problems to the residents of Theni, and also release hazardous chemicals into the pristine mountains. In November 2018, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had given clearance for this project. A few days after that, environmentalists led by NGO Pooulagin Nanbargal challenged this clearance and the NGT stayed the project.
Despite that, in June 2019 there was news that work at the INO will begin soon. Though there have been no developments since, it is imperative that we pressure the government
3. Photo credit: G Karthikeyan, The Hindu