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Give another chance to Nagarjuna Agrichem plant: Collector

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All steps will be taken to ensure safety of local residents, he says

Ticklish issue:Collector Saurabh Gaur addressing a meeting on reopening of NACL plant at the Collectorate in Srikakulam on Friday.– Photo: Basheer
Ticklish issue:Collector Saurabh Gaur addressing a meeting on reopening of NACL plant at the Collectorate in Srikakulam on Friday.– Photo: Basheer

Collector Saurabh Gaur on Friday urged people and representatives of NACL Vyatireka Porata Committee to cooperate with the administration for reopening of the Nagarjuna Agrichem Limited at Arinam Akkivalasa . He held a high-level meeting with them at the collectorate and indicated that the company should be given another opportunity since only one accident had taken place on the premises since 1994.

He assured them that the government would impose conditions to protect the groundwater and ensure safe dumping of industrial waste.

“The company will be asked to give an undertaking for setting up of green belt in 40 acres land and protection of health of the villagers in the nearby areas. A five-member committee comprising government officials and representatives of locals would be appointed to oversee the implementation of the commitments,” said Mr. Saurabh Gaur.

However, porata committee representatives Ch. Babji, Ramulu, Srinivasananda, Sriramulu Naidu and others insisted on permanent closure of the factory since it was causing air and water pollution in 18 villages, making the lives of the people miserable.

The officials tried to convince them that the green technology would be installed to reduce pollution levels. They have also said over 2,000 employees and others were depending on the livelihood and they were to get wages partially after the closure of the factory on June 30 when major accident took place. The representatives vehemently opposed the move of the administration for the reopening of the factory.

The officials are likely to hold another meeting with them very soon to pave the way for the reopening of the factory which had already got statutory permission from the AP Pollution Control Board and Inspector of Factories. Srikakulam Additional Joint Collector R.S. Rajakumar, Srikakulam Revenue Divisional Officer G. Ganesh Kumar and others participated in the meeting.


  • Saurabh Gaur holds a high-level meeting at the Collectorate

  • A five-member panel to monitor functioning of the unit



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