Visakhapatnam

Police deploy heavy force at YSRC meet

The police block the road to stop YSR Congress leader Tammineni Sitaram from going to Palavalasa to address the villagers displaced by Hinduja power plant at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant rear gate on Saturday. —photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

The ruling Telugu Desam government showed its weakness for big corporates by deploying over 300 personnel to monitor a protest by residents of Palavalasa and nearby villages affected by the Hinduja power project, YSR Congress district president Gudivada Amarnath has said.

The massive police deployment was visible right from the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant rear gate. The police stopped the YSR leaders there itself on the pretext that former minister Tammineni Sitaram who was scheduled to address the residents was an outsider. After a stand-off that lasted for best part of an hour, the police allowed the YSRC district president Amarnath, and other leaders to proceed to Palavalasa only after they were sure that Tammineni Sitaram was well on his way back to the city.

There were five police check-posts all along the five km route from the Steel Plant rear gate. There was also a heavy police deployment, led by ACP (South Sub Division) G.B.R. Madhusudhan Babu at the village where the residents were organising a protest demonstration and public meeting. The deployment appeared totally disproportionate to the hardly hundred villagers who gathered at the venue.

The police allowed the YSR Congress to conduct its protest in a slush-filled ground some 200 m from the gate of the 2x520 MW coal fired power project of the Hinduja National Power Corporation Ltd at Palavalasa village in Pedagantyada mandal of the district. The merchant power project acquired 1,125 acres for the project more than two decades ago promising the residents proper compensation. “The Hindujas have given proper compensation to only to the owners of 527 acres,” YSR Congress leader in-charge of Pendurti constituency Adeep Raju said.

“The YSRCP shall support the villagers in their protest to get what was promised at the time of land acquisition. The Hindujas had promised a job to each family of displaced persons and compensation to all the land owners. They have to pay proper compensation for the land acquired for building a railway line and for coal stockyard,” he said addressing the villagers.

Mr. Amarnath and YSR Congress in-charge for Gajuwaka Tippala Nagi Reddy and other local leaders addressed the residents before submitting a memorandum to the officials of the Hinduja National Power Corporation.

Demands

The YSR Congress demanded that the Hinduja shift the villages that would be affected by the coal stockyard and the flyash pond. They wanted employment for all the residents of the five villages directly impacted by the project.

Of the 300 jobs promised by the company offer letters have been given to only 34. The company did not employ the locals even in the basic maintenance work.

They demanded all unskilled labour work be given only to residents of the affected villages.

The party demanded that the company also take up skill development of women and youth of the villages to help them get proper employment.



The YSRC will support the villagers in their protest to get what was promised at the time of land acquisition

Adeep Raju

Party leader



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