Girijana, rythu sanghams up in arms against power project

To chalk out action plan at their proposed joint meeting on August 16

A.P. Rythu Sangham and A.P. Girijana Sangham have decided to chalk out an action plan at their joint meeting at Kotipam High School in Komarada mandal on August 16 to pressure the government to cancel the clearance given to Alfa Infraprop Private Limited to set up 4 x 660 MW thermal power project at Kotipam.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, district general secretaries of Rythu Sangham and Girijana Sangham M. Suryanarayana and K. Avinash respectively said though 90 per cent of people had opposed the plant at the public hearing held on December 4, 2009 at Kotipam, the government gave permission to the company without clearing the doubts raised at the public hearing over land acquisition, employment, pollution and water utilisation. The supply of 2.5 tmcft of water from Nagavali would deprive water to 25,000 acres under Thotapalli project, Mr. Suryanarayana said and added that out of 20 tmcft water, 16tmcft was being utilised under Thotapalli and in the remaining 4 tmcft several irrigation schemes exist.

Hence, there was no water for supply to the thermal project from Nagavali, he said.

In the case of land acquisition, out of 1675acres, 600 acres (approximately) was assigned land which the government acquired from SC/STs at the rate of Rs.80,000 per acre and handed over the land to the company. Sale of assigned land to private parties was against the government norms, he said.

Fictitious reports

With regard to dumping of coal and fly ash on surface, he said, quoting experts, that eight villages namely Kotipam, China Kherjula, Komarada, Gumada, Ganga Regu Valasa, Sominaidu Valasa, Kambavalasa and Kallikota would be severely affected besides polluting water and air in a radius of 10 km.

He alleged that environmental clearance was given based on fictitious reports submitted by the company and demanded its cancellation.

He said the sanghams would seek support of political parties and fight till the government reviews its order on environmental clearance.

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