CPM demands rehab for Nelatur villagers

THE HANS INDIA |   Jul 17,2017 , 11:55 PM IST

CPM state secretary P Madhu addressing the media in Nellore 
on Monday.
CPM state secretary P Madhu addressing the media in Nellore on Monday.

Nellore: CPM state secretary P Madhu warned that the party activists would obstruct power generation at APGenco Plant if the state government fails to provide rehabilitation to the villagers of Nelatur in Muthukur mandal, who gave their lands for the project. He demanded the APGenco management to provide employment to the local youth by August 15. 

Speaking to the media at Ramachandra Reddy Bhavan here on Monday, Madhu said that government had acquired 700 acres for setting up thermal power plant in Muthukur mandal. Even thought, power generation had commenced but rehabilitation issue is still pending, he added.

He also alleged that TDP leaders, who are against the thermal power projects in the past, are now turned into contractors. Officials identified land at Vaddipalem under Gundlapalem panchayat near Narayana Medical College for relocating villages of Nelatur, he stated. Even, farmers of Vaddipalem have also agreed to provide rehabilitation in their lands, said Madhu. 

But, the RDO and other TDP leaders are now proposing another location which is unable to reside, he criticised. The CPM leader also alleged that APGenco and SembCorp have failed to provide employment to local youth. 

He slammed the thermal power managements for filing police cases against the local youth, who are asking employment in their firms. He further said that about 828 families have been residing in Nelatur village according to 2011 census and 2,800 members had lost their livelihood due to the thermal plant, he blamed. 

He also lamented that about one lakh population in 30 panchayats of Muthukur, Thotapalli Gudur and Chillakur mandals were facing hardships with the operations of Krishnapatnam Port. CPM district secretary Ch Rajagopal urged the political parties to come forward to support the anti-pollution movement. 

Rajagopal alleged that Krishnapatnam Port has been maintaining private rowdies by paying Rs 30,000 per month to suppress the local villagers, who question about pollution due to the port activities. CPM would start massive agitation if the government fails to provide rehabilitation to the villagers of Nelatur, Rajagopal warned.

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