Staff Reporter

Party to organise protests across Singareni coal corridor

‘Coal belt is rich in coal, but why no thermal power projects in the area?’

‘Two hundred villages will vanish and thousands will be displaced by open cast projects’

KARIMNAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to intensify their agitational programmes against the opening up of open cast projects (OCP) in the Singareni coal belt region spread over four districts of Karimnagar, Adilabad, Khammam and Warangal districts.

BJP state president Bandaru Dattatreya said on Thursday that the BJP committee constituted to fight against the OCPs and protection of land oustees would visit all the affected villages in the Singareni coal corridor on July 24 and 25 and launch protest programmes.

He said that the over 200 villages would be completely vanished and several thousands of farmers and artisans would be displaced with the OCPs.

Flaying the State government for threatening to forcibly snatch the lands from the villagers to open OCPs, he said that the BJP would not allow development without humanity.

He demanded the government to take appropriate measures to protect the ecology in the region and safeguard the interests of the farmers and others concerned. He alleged that the government was planning to further reduce the employment in the Singareni by opening more OCPs.

Demanding the State government to release a white paper on Singareni Collieries Company limited, he also ridiculed the State government for not opening single thermal power project in the coal belt region of Adilabad and Karimnagar districts. He said that the Singareni coal belt region was very much suitable for opening thermal power projects with the availability of water and coal reserves.

He said that the government was having ulterior motives of shifting entire coal reserves from the region to other parts of the State.

He said that the future of several projects constructed on the river Godavari in the region would remain bleak with the completion of Babli project. He alleged that the government was purposefully neglecting the Babli project in view of elections in Maharashtra.