Activists in Mumbai protest TATA’’s upcoming port in Orissa

August 20th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, August 20 (ANI): Greenpeace activists in Mumbai staged a demonstration outside the headquarters of Tata company on Wednesday against a port that the company is planning to set up in Orissa.

The activists claimed that the building of the port would adversely affect the turtle population in the region.

The building of the mega port at Dhamra in Orissa will destroy the turtles taking an entire fragile and significant eco system with them.

He (Ratan Tata) made a commitment that the Dhamra port which Tata Steel is building right now in Orissa, if there is any likelihood of damage to the environment, he will reconsider the location of the port. There is every evidence now which proves that it will not only push turtles one step closer to extinction, it will also upset the fragile bio diversity there, said Areeba Hamid, Campaigner.

The protesters said they had written numerous letters to Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group requesting him to change the location of the port but in vain and therefore they were forced to form a human chain in front of Tata headquarters.

Around 90,000 Tata customers and over 200 international scientists and academics and other international groups have written to Ratan Tata asking him to change the location of the port. (ANI)

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