K.M.Dayashankar

Environmental issues put to public debate

  • Villagers show keen interest on the job potential
  • Project does not involve forest land or displacement of people

    KARIMNAGAR: Process for the execution of the ambitious 2100 MW gas-based combined cycle power plant near Nedunuru village in Thimmapur mandal was set in motion on Thursday, with the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the Andhra Pradesh Generation Company Limited conducting a public hearing on environmental issues in Nedunuru.

    There was good response to the issue with the participation of villagers from Nedunuru,

    Laxmidevapalli, Gundlapalli and adjoining villages. Though, some of the land oustees were worried about losing their precious lands and demanded suitable compensation, others hoped for jobs for their youth in the proposed power plant and indirect employment to others of the adjoining villages with the industrialisation of the area.

    The 2100 MW gas-based power plant proposed on a sprawling 434 acres of land would be implemented in three phases of 700 MW each. Significantly, there would be no displacement of people and involvement of forest land in the execution of the projectThe approximate cost of the project is Rs. 5,600 crores and would be completed within 30 months Participating in the public hearing of the project, Andhra Pradesh Genco Managing Director Ajay Jain said, the power plant in Karimnagar district would solve the power problems of northern Telangana. This pollution-free power project would transform the region economically and solve future power demands of the agriculture sector.

    He said that they had proposed a green belt in the vicinity of the power plant .