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Relief to Kolleru fishermen

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The AP Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution on reducing the boundary of Kolleru wildlife sanctuary from the fifth contour to third contour. In 1999, about 308 square km of the famous lake falling below +5 feet above contour line was declared as Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS).

AP Assembly passes resolution on boundary change from +5 contour to +3

Hyderabad: The AP Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution on reducing the boundary of Kolleru wildlife sanctuary from the fifth contour to third contour. In 1999, about 308 square km of the famous lake falling below +5 feet above contour line was declared as Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS). Regularizing the possession of encroached lands, aquaculture and related activities in the area became a matter of local public concern and political agenda.

During the last Assembly elections reduction of the sanctuary boundary to +3 feet from +5 feet contour and distributing the land thus released to the local people became gained importance and the TDP-BJP combine cashed in on the demands of the people. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his Vastunna Meekosam Yatra committed that if his party was voted to power he would reduce the boundary of the sanctuary.

This promise was made eying 2 lakh voters in nine mandals of West Godavari and two mandals in Krishna district falling under the lake. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister made a joint statement from an election rally in Bhimavaram to reduce the wildlife sanctuary area from the +5 contour to +3 contour. The move was intended to release an extent of 30,000 acres of land from the sanctuary area for fish farming by the native fishing communities.

Eluru MP Maganti Venkateswara Rao of the TDP a few days ago led a delegation of fishermen from the villages inside the lake to the Prime Minister with an appeal to prevail upon the National Board for Wildlife, headed by Modi himself, to consider their demand. In the backdrop of this situation, the Opposition YSR Congress opposed bringing in a new resolution on the issue in the House and said that in 2008 YS Rajasekhar Reddy government had passed a similar resolution.

The government instead of taking it forward was bringing another resolution only for narrow political gains, he said. Rebutting the criticism, Naidu said the YSR government unleashed a terror situation in the region by bringing ‘bomb culture’ of Kadapa to peaceful Kolleru. Dynamites and proclainers were used to open the contours.

He said the YSR government passed the resolution on restricting the contour only upon the demand made by the TDP as the Opposition party. The government further said the resolution had become necessary as the previous resolution was passed by the Assembly of undivided State.

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