Opposition Leader and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R.Sambanthan 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 Trincomalee.
The NEW INDIAN EXPRESS quoted the Opposition Leader as saying that the people of the area have been telling him about the substantial pollution and environmental damage which will be caused and have accused him of not taking any action on it.
He also said that a solar powered plant in place of the coal-fired one would be much better.
Sri 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 which is the main cause of acid rain.
According to observers, India may already be thinking of setting up a solar plant at Sampur.