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Left parties' innovative way to drum up support against N-plant

Blood being donated at a camp organised by Left parties at Arinam-Akkivalasa in Srikakulam. -PHOTO: BASHEER

Blood being donated at a camp organised by Left parties at Arinam-Akkivalasa in Srikakulam. -PHOTO: BASHEER  

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Government urged to give up power project move. The Left parties are highlighting frequent tremors in the areas of Etcherla and Ranasthalam.

Left parties and trade unions have come up with new ideas to garner support against construction of a nuclear power project in Kovvada of Ranasthalam in Srikakulam district.

The CITU conducted blood donation camps in villages of Etcherla mandal to draw the attention of people towards its policies with regard to nuclear power plant. It is of the opinion that social awareness programmes and service activities help it get the support of the people.

The Left parties are highlighting frequent tremors in the areas of Etcherla and Ranasthalam to drive home their point that nuclear plants should not be built in sensitive seismic zones.

CITU general secretary D. Govinda Rao urged the Nuclear Power Corporation of India to study the geographic conditions in the region so that it would realise the real problems in case the project is taken up.

Massive stir soon

He said workers and residents of Ranasthalam would launch massive agitation soon to oppose the construction activity in Kovvada. He said that several nuclear experts, including Surendra Gadekar, had already expressed doubts over the safety of the project. “More awareness is needed on the crucial issue. That is why we are keen on taking up various social service activities to get the support of people on the issue,” he added.

Representatives of the Left Parties asked the government to reconsider its decision. Senior CPI (M) leaders Bhaviri Krishna Murthy and V.G.K. Murthy said that the government should clarify on the possible ill-effects in case a nuclear plant was set in a seismic zone. Despite the strong opposition from the locals and public representatives, the Union government was keen on going ahead with the land acquisition for the project.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Private Limited had already agreed to deposit Rs.500 crore for land acquisition and implementation of rehabilitation package, they pointed out.

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