Land transactions halt in NPP-affected villages

Land transactions halt in NPP-affected villages
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It may be recalled that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) proposed to establish NPP at Peddakovvada in Ranastalam mandal. As a result, Peddakovvada, Chinnakovvada and Ramachandrapuram villages will be displaced completely, while farmers from Tekkali, Gudem, Kotapalem, Maruvada villages will lose their lands as their villages fall under the exclusive zone of the NPP.

Srikakulam: Land transactions and development works were stopped in the area where the nuclear power plant was proposed and also in those villages which fall in the jurisdiction of the plant.

It may be recalled that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) proposed to establish NPP at Peddakovvada in Ranastalam mandal. As a result, Peddakovvada, Chinnakovvada and Ramachandrapuram villages will be displaced completely, while farmers from Tekkali, Gudem, Kotapalem, Maruvada villages will lose their lands as their villages fall under the exclusive zone of the NPP.

Land transactions, development works like roads, drains, new houses construction were halted in all those villages since November 1, 2012 after the government issued the GO MS NO. 42 and 103 for land acquisition for the NPP.

Total six reactors were proposed to be installed at Kovvada to produce 9,564 megawatts of nuclear power for which the total investment was estimated at Rs 2.48 lakh crore. Total land required for the proposed NPP is 2,266 acres and out of it 1,300 acres belongs to the government and remaining 966 acres are private lands.

NPP chief engineer G V Ramesh, special deputy collector for land acquisition J Sitarama Rao, Srikakulam RDO B Dayanidhi, Ranastalam tahsildar S Sriramulu convened a meeting with locals at Maruvada village on Friday to prepare the people for Social Impact Assessment Survey (SIAS).

On Saturday, when the officials launched the survey at Kotapalem village, locals prevented it by demanding the government resolve their doubts before launching activity.

We have been facing trouble to sell our lands to perform marriages of our daughters and to clear debts since November 2012 as the government banned land transactions,” explained Gorle Ramakrishna, a resident of Kotapalem village, and S Dhanunjaya sarpanch of the same village.

They demanded the government clear their doubts first, but officials are unable to convince them. Meanwhile, CITU leaders opposed Social Impact Assessment Survey and demanded facts on NPP.

On receiving information, police intervened and arrested CITU district general secretary Duppala Govinda Rao, members P Tejeswara Rao, N V Ramana and P Ramana and shifted them to Ranastalam police station. Later in the evening, they were released on personal surety.

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