Protests will be intensified by roping in other political parties, says leader
The TDP on Thursday organised a dharna at the Gangavaram port on a host of demands, including outlets to the natural drains that flow through the port and lifting of cases for demolition of port wall on November 1 to provide outlet to flood water that submerged several colonies.
Protestors led by party State organising secretary Kona Tata Rao were stopped well ahead of the main gate of the port by the police where they continued the dharna for nearly two hours.
Mr. Tata Rao said the protests would be intensified joining hands with other political parties and people's organisations.
Legal remedies would be sought and if necessary the human rights forum would be approached on behalf of the flood-affected.
Mr. Tata Rao said 1,400 acres of land acquired for the steel plant was later given to the port. As per the Supreme Court orders and Gujarat High Court order, if land acquired was not used for the specific purpose, it should be returned. That being the case, those displaced by the steel plant land acquisition were entitled to 50 per cent of jobs in the port, he contended.
The 600 m gap in the two bridges constructed by the steel plant was reduced to 24 m and to provide outlet to the 14 natural drains a 5.75 km drain need to be constructed. Restoration of the 100-ft BC Road-Gajuwaka Road of which 56 ft was encroached upon and construction of a truck terminal to prevent pollution were the other demands.
Gangavaram Port Vice-President K. Rajaratnam Naidu came out of the port premises after the protestors' demand to represent their grievances. The port management said for 11 drains outlet was already provided and the flooding of colonies was caused because they were 3 ft below mean sea level. Disputing the claim on outlet for 11 drains, the TDP leaders demanded a joint survey. Corporators Palla Srinivasa Rao and Gandham Srinivasa participated.