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Five private power projects coming up in Nellore

Five thermal power stations with a combined installed capacity of 14,460 MW, which is almost equal to the State's existing total capacity, are being established along the Nellore coast.

Minister for IT Ponnala Lakshmaiah informed M. Sridhara Krishna Reddy (Congress) in reply to a question in the Assembly that the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) had allotted 4,510 acres to facilitate their establishment.

Developers

The developers are -- Thermal Powertech (1,432 acres), Krishnapatnam Power (1,033 acres), Kineta Power (814 acres), Meenakshi Energy (939 acres), and Simhapuri Energy (497 acres).

Plea rejected

He rejected the member's plea to scrap the projects on the ground that it was the Centre which had issued environmental clearance to these projects and that the State had no role in issuing licences as under the 2003 Electricity Act.

The Congress member said one lakh tonnes of ash would be dumped into the sea out of 4 lakh tonnes of coal to be used by them for generation.

Petro-chemical corridor

Major Industries Minister J. Geetha Reddy told V. Jogeswara Rao (TDP) that the problem faced by people in 110 villages lying in the petroleum and petro-chemical corridor being developed in the 603 sq. km region between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada would be solved through consultations. Mr. Rao complained that a vast extent of 1.5 lakh acres was being acquired for the project at the cost of agriculture and fisheries activities.

Cheetahs

Forest Minister S. Vijayarama Raju informed M. Vijaya Prasad (Congress) that two cheetahs and animals of 11 species were being secured for zoos in the State from abroad under an exchange programme.

He denied that some animals escaped from zoos.

He told T. Nandeeswara Goud (Congress) that 25 electroplating units which were polluting Patancheru area have been asked to shift to other places.

The government would not allow any more electroplating units and expansion of the existing ones.



The installed capacity is almost equal to State's existing total capacity

APIIC had allotted 4,510 acres to facilitate their establishment: Ponnala