The Communist Party of India (Marxist), State Committee, has demanded that the government issue orders immediately to suspend construction work on Kakarapalli thermal power project in Srikakulam.

The CPI(M) committee in a release here condemned the delay by the State government in issuing orders despite the directive of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on October 21 to that effect.

The party said that despite opposition from 10,000 fishermen and farmers to the plant that would affect their livelihood, and recommendation of the experts panel to stop construction in March itself, the East Coast Energy Pvt. Ltd., was continuing the work on the 2640 MW power project with impunity.