Environmentalists have demanded an immediate halt to the government’s plans to implement the proposed wind power project in Mannar by India’s Adani group and ilmenite extraction project by an Australian company.
Protect Manner’s Environment (PME), an environmental organization based in Pesalai, claimed that while they are supportive of renewable energy, the proposed wind farm will have a devastating impact on fishermen and farmers.
“There are about 70,000 people in Pesalai. The government doesn’t see us. They only see land they can sell. The government is desperate for money. We were affected by war for three decades, now thousands of Indian fishermen are stealing our fish. We have no leaders to protect us,” Father Francis Gnanapragasam said.