Protest against proposed Adani power plant in Godda district of Jharkhand is intensifying with every passing day. In the latest development, the mass movement was fueled by thousands of poor women who gathered from diverse villages and protested on the streets of Godda with raising slogans against Adani. The locals are unwilling to sacrifice their land at any cost.
Notably, the mass protest is still continues against the proposed Adani power plant with continuous hunger strikes and demonstration, despite the arrest of MLA Pradip Yadav who started the movement against Adani.
On Monday, the streets of Godda saw thousands of women protesting and raising slogan such as ‘save water’, ‘Adani Bhagao’ and ‘Adani Company go back.’ These women also kept an earth pot on head that symbolizes water during the protest.
Post the demonstration on the streets, they also organized a large public meeting near Gandhi Maidan. Venu Choubey, who was leading the protest on behalf of Mahila Morcha Sangharsh Samiti, said, “With the establishment of the proposed power plant, it is certain that the people will face heavy water crisis in Godda.”
It’s been over six months that the district administration has started the process of land acquisition at the behest of state government. The locals and landowners were against the land acquisition from the very start. The villagers are protesting because the land that will be acquired under the land acquisition process is productive and agricultural in nature.
Significantly, the region has huge population and there is no sufficient facility of water, meaning the power plant may severely impact the lives of locals, leading lakh of farmers and labourers to leave their houses and move on to other places.
But the government seems unbothered about the local people and is rigid in its decision. Last year, Adani Power signed a MoU with the state government to establish a 1,600MW power plant in Santhal Pargana area of the state.