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Left campaign against power plants

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Common plan: Leaders of nine Left parties, including B.V. Raghavulu and K. Narayana, at a conference in Srikakulam on Thursday.

SRIKAKULAM: Nine Left parties held a State conference here on Thursday opposing thermal, nuclear power plants, land acquisition for industries, and increase in electricity charges and petroleum prices. K. Narayana and B.V. Raghavulu, State secretaries of the CPI and the CPI(M) respectively, strongly opposed permission for the establishment of many projects in Srikakulam and Nellore districts at the cost of livelihood of the one-lakh-strong fishermen community.

“The merchant power policy of the UPA government has become a bane for the people of Srikakulam with the proposal to establish power projects with a capacity of 13,000 MW though the entire State hardly needs 12,000 MW which is already available,” Mr. Narayana said. “An advisory committee appointed by the UPA government suggested that power plants be allowed only if 75 per cent of the locals agreed. The consent of people of Kakarapalli, Sompeta and Kovvada should be taken before going ahead with the projects,” he added.

Extracting minerals

Mr. Raghavulu expressed concern over the indiscriminate extraction of mineral wealth in the State. “The government should come out with its policies on power and minerals,” he added.

Representatives of Paryavarana Parirakshana Sangham Beena Dilli Rao and Tammineni Rama Rao warned that the local people would occupy lands if the government failed to cancel GO 1107 which facilitated allocation of land for the construction of power project at Sompeta.

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