Farmers and villagers of Mahuva town in Gujarat today carried out a protest march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad against the setting up of a cement plant.
Led by Kanubhai Kalsariya, a state legislator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Mahuva constituency, around 11,111 villagers took part in the rally.
"Around 10,000 to 20,000 people have come from the village to submit a memorandum that those who live near the proposed plant, whose land is getting used and water is getting contaminated, are suffering because of the project. The protest is against Nirma’’s cement factory, which is coming up near the water body. This is our last request to the government. If the project is not disapproved then we will do a non-violent satyagraha (peaceful protest march) to stop it," said Kalsariya.
Nearly 15 villages and 50,000 people living near the site of the cement plant are likely to be affected.