Special Correspondent

It will embark on a two-day prachara yatra in Srikakulam district

Cancellation of thermal power plants and beach sand mining sought

Scrapping of GO 373 to be sought during yatra

VISAKHAPATNAM: Human Rights Forum on the occasion of its completing ten years, has undertaken a State-wide campaign against the ongoing destructive development policies being pursued by the government.

The HRF is conducting a series of ‘prachara yatras’ at several places across the State all through November focusing upon a critique of “Destructive development and forced displacement”.

As part of this, the HRF is embarking on a two-day prachara yatra in Srikakulam district on Saturday and Sunday. The yatra will begin at Baruva in Sompeta mandal on Saturday morning and will cover villages in the mandals of Kanchili, Kaviti, Palasa, Vajrapukothur and Santhabommali on the first day. The HRF is seeking cancellation of mega thermal power plants proposed in Sompeta and Santhabommali mandals and also beach sand mining, according to HRF State secretary V.S. Krishna.

The campaign will continue on Sunday in the mandals of Gara, Etcherla, Laveru and Ranasthalam where highly polluting industries are violating environmental laws, destroying both farm land as well as marine ecology and undermining the livelihood rights of fisher-folk.

The HRF has held such campaigns earlier this month in Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal districts against the highly destructive opencast coal mining of Singareni Collieries and also in Nizampatnam mandal of Guntur district against the VANPIC project (Vadarevu Nizampatnam Port Industrial Corridor). Both opencast coal mining and Vanpic are deeply volatile of the basic rights of people.

“The State government’s recent claim that the Coastal Corridor process has been shelved is a brazen lie.

The yatra in Srikakulam district on November 29 and 30 will be centred on the specific demands of scrapping GO 373 ,” HRF Srikakulam district secretary K.V. Jagannadha Rao said.