UDUPI: The agitation against the coal-based Nagarjuna Power Project probably suffered a decisive blow with the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Authority (KIADB) evacuating the last three families from the project area under tight police security. One more family had been evicted from the area just a month ago. With this, over 100 families have been evacuated to make way for the Nagarjuna Power Project.
On Friday morning, houses of Deju Shetty, Gopi Poojary and Somayya Moolya were demolished using earth movers. While Shetty and Poojary had approached the Supreme Court, Moolya had filed a petition in the High Court. One Odi Mogera’s family had been evicted from the area last month.
When KIADB authorities had visited the houses to evict the residents, they initially protested. But later, they sought at least one week’s time to shift their belongings.
The officials denied the evacuees more time saying they had already been issued with a week’s notice and a show cause notice earlier.
The tearful evacuees vacated their houses with whatever they could carry.
Police, anticipating protests from anti-Nagarjuna activists, had guarded all the three gates of the project site