‘Assembly should pass a resolution to oppose nuclear plant’

CPI(M) and CITU leaders on Thursday asked the State government to pass a resolution in the ensuing A.P. Assembly session to oppose the establishment of an atomic power plant in Srikakulam district.

CITU State vice-president D.Govinda Rao, other leaders P.Tejeswara Rao and Ch.Ammannaidu interacted with the people of Kovvada where the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) planned to construct India’s biggest atomic plant.

‘TDP did volte-face’

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Govinda Rao said that the Telugu Desam Party had strongly opposed the power plant when it was in opposition but changed its stand after assuming power in the State.

Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu, who was then opposition leader, himself visited Kovvada several times to express his solidarity with the villagers, Mr.Govinda Rao said.

Environmental hazard

“We are going to hold village-level meetings in Ranasthalam, Etcherla and other mandals for the support of people against the atomic power plant,” he said.

“We will explain that it would be detrimental to the interests of the people since it would have an adverse impact on environment. That is why, we are asking the government to introduce a resolution in the Assembly to oppose the plant. It will reflect the mood of the people here,” he added.

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