Chief minister M K Stalin has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to cancel the bid process for awarding the contract to explore and extract hydrocarbon at Vadatheru in Pudukottai district. He said that the petroleum and natural gas ministry has invited bids for development of oil and gas fields at Vadatheru in the Cauvery basin on June 10.
“The identified area for auction falls in the Cauvery basin and also in the Protected Agricultural Zone declared by the state government, under the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020,” he said adding that the legislation prohibits any new exploration, drilling and extraction of oil and natural gas and other similar hydrocarbons from the zone.
Stating that the ecologically fragile zone supports the livelihood of millions of farmers and farm workers, Stalin expressed displeasure at the way the officials concerned acted in disregard for the sentiments of the people, the probable ecological impact and the legal enactments of the state government.
He mentioned the ongoing protests in Pudukottai and neighbouring districts apprehending the adverse consequences of the extraction in the agrarian region. tnn