Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: An all-party delegation met the District Collector here on Saturday and submitted a memorandum to him seeking cancellation ‘public hearing’ conducted at Chintapalli on Friday and the MoU between the State Government and Anrak company for bauxite mining in the agency.

They described the public hearing as a ‘mockery of democracy’. They alleged that both RTC buses and private jeeps to Chintapalli were stopped and people were terrorized the by the police. The vehicles of MP M. Babu Rao and MLC MVS Sarma were thoroughly frisked and their bags checked which indicates that the effort was to prevent the tribals from voicing their concern at the meeting. In spite of all these efforts, scores of tribals walked all the way from their hamlets 30 km away and reached the meeting venue late. They boycotted the public hearing, staged a protest and rally outside the meeting venue.

They also noted that 1,571 applications were submitted to the Pollution Control Board with 6,000 signatures opposing the bauxite mining before the public hearing. They alleged that the State Government had tried to conduct the hearing despite severe opposition from the public. The tribals, however, boycotted the hearing en masse and displayed their total opposition to the project.

They appealed to the Collector not to entertain any false report on the public hearing that was completely opposed by tribals.

CPI(M) district secretary Ch. Narasinga Rao, CPI District Secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy and Telugu Desam Party Rural District President Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy were the signatories to the memorandum.