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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R.Sampanthan has said that he will discuss with the Indian High Commission the “substantial” environmental problems that will be created if India sets up a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka.

“The people of the area have been telling me about the substantial pollution and environmental damage which will be caused and have accused me of not taking any action on it. A solar powered plant in place of the coal-fired one is very much in my mind,”  he told Express on Saturday.

Lankan environmentalists quote the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists to say that a 500 MW coal fired plant will release, every year, 10,000 tons of Sulfur Dioxide (the main cause of acid rain); 10,200 tons of Nitrogen Oxide, which causes smog; 3.7 million tones of CO2, a leading cause of global warning; 500 tons of small particles which cause lung damage; 720 tons of Carbon Monoxide, which causes global warming and 2.2 billion tons of warm water, which when released into the sea will bleach corals and destroy marine life.

According to observers, India may already be thinking of setting up a solar plant at Sampur. Since the National Thermal Power Corporation, which is to set up the coal fired plant, had not been enthusiastic about the Lankan venture, others in the Indian solar energy sector may have to be tapped.

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  • kumar Monday, 28 March 2016 10:32 AM

    You are okay with Karuna and KP not being in jail, while you want a democratically elected a Taml leader to be in jail. It shows your racist mentality.

    Loku Banda Monday, 28 March 2016 12:30 PM

    A very sensible act by the Leader of the Opposition. Our Ministers do not care about the environment as long as they are not directly affected.

    nuke Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:06 PM

    there you go, do something good like this for the country instead of trying to divide it

    patriot Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:34 PM

    Guess this will be the next hot topic on Sri Lanka political ground. Whoever, know the impact or else mother Lanka soon to become a desert.

    pras Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:39 PM

    LTTE no 01 spokesman. should be in jail via DM Android App

    Sincere Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:05 PM

    Mr. Sampandan, Sampur is in Sri Lanka and not in India!

    Shan Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:28 PM

    what a breath of fresh air Brilliant argument why we cant do something right. Lets not pollute more than what weve already done in the country. via DM iOS App

    Shan Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:35 PM

    Who is in the drivers seat Where are the govt. ministers and concerned scientists Why is India making the decision Have we become one of the Indian states via DM iOS App

    sach Sunday, 27 March 2016 04:07 PM

    direct foreign connections

    Rabada Sunday, 27 March 2016 04:58 PM

    Nice. Push for Solar. via DM Android App

    iemerald Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:11 PM

    why go to bloody india.sort it out within the country.dont keep running to other countries every time you want to break wind. do you not have the brains to solve your / our problems.

    s vaas Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:17 PM

    India is funding this project though it is in Srilanka.

    arjuna Sunday, 27 March 2016 05:35 PM

    Mr sincere he knows Sri Lankan current leaders are puppets of India. therefore this issue should discuss with India not Sri Lanka. Solar thermal power station like in Morocco is better. via DM Android App


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