Visakhapatnam, Nov. 25:
The CPI(M) has urged the State government to halt land acquisition for the nuclear power plant proposed at Kovvada village in Srikakulam district, as the Land Acquisition Bill 2013 is pending before the President for assent after it was adopted in both Houses of Parliament.
Describing the notification issued for land acquisition under 1894 Act as '‘totally unjustified,’ CPI(M) State Secretariat member Ch. Narsinga Rao said at a press meet here on Monday that the new Act stipulates that no project should be cleared without obtaining consent from 80 per cent of the project-affected people.
It also envisages payment of compensation at the rate of four times the actual land value.
Rao said issuing of notification under Section 4 (1) of old Act was ‘anti-people’ and added that the district administration wanted to acquire 481 acres and 94 cents from Kotapalem and Ramachandrapuram panchayats of Ranasthalam mandal.
He said the party would oppose the acquisition process when the authorities hold ‘gram sabhas’ on November 27 and 29.
US pressure alleged
Rao alleged that under the Indo-American nuclear deal, India was under pressure to import six reactors from General Electricals to generate 6,000 MW power from the Kovvada plant.
“If the nuclear plant is set up at Kovvada, it will threaten the people living in the long stretch from Ichhapuram in Srikakulam to Kakinada in East Godavari due to radiation and radioactive waste storage and transportation,” he said.