By Theja Ram
Chennai, Oct 30: A small distance away from the Ennore Thermal Power Plant is a community of immigrants from Odisha who have been living there for more than 5 years now. The area, now unofficially known as the ‘Oriya Basti’ hosts unemployed and forsaken laborers who came from parts of Rourkela in hopes finding work at the power plant.
During the construction of the plant, the laborers were living in temporary houses built outside the premisis of the plant and continue to live there even today. “We were put up here when we worked as construction laborers for the plant. After we were let go, we continued to stay here and the plant officials too didn’t have a problem with it. We have had no electricity since almost five years now and we fish in the nearby pond for our meals,” said Madhumati Ponda’s husband, who is unemployed but occaisionally works as a construction laborer. (more…)