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Thermal power plant at Naupada-Tekkali creek facing opposition
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Wednesday, 04 Feb 2009
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BL reported that The Forum for Better Visakha has criticized the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for allotting a new site for the proposed thermal power plant in the private sector in the vicinity of the Naupada-Tekkali creek in Srikakulam district.

In a letter to the Secretary, MoEF, Mr EAS Sarma, the forum convener and the former Union Energy Secretary said that it was good that the government had responded to the pleas of the activist groups and changed the earlier site which was ecologically sensitive, but the new site near the creek is equally sensitive and on the same grounds the power plant should not be allowed on it too.

Mr Sarma said that the Environment Impact Assessment committee had raised certain objections with regard to the old site and a new site had been allocated near Meghavaram village, which falls within the coastal regulatory zone.

He said that the state government had shown undue haste in handing over valuable public land to the private developer of the power plant. He demanded that a fresh EIA be conducted on the new site before finalizing it.

Mr Sarma said that “It is unfortunate that the state government as well as the union government is unmindful of the eco damage such projects are likely to cause so near the coast.”

(Sourced from Business Line)

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