Jagan Promises Scrapping of Kakarapalli Thermal Plant - The New Indian Express

Jagan Promises Scrapping of Kakarapalli Thermal Plant

Published: 04th April 2014 09:34 AM

Last Updated: 04th April 2014 09:49 AM

To strike a chord with people on the first day of his roadshow in Srikakulam district on Thursday, YSR Congress party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy promised to cancel the proposed thermal power project by East Coast Energy Private Limited (ECEPL) at Kakarapalli in the district soon after being voted to power. The proposed thermal power plant has been a burning issue in Tekkali Assembly constituency and two people were killed during an agitation against the power plant in March 2011.

Interestingly, the project proposal was cleared during the regime of his father and former chief minister the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and the opposition parties have been lashing out at Jagan of having shares in the project. The project is also rumoured to have the backing of YSRC leader and former minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, who has openly stressed the need for the project in the backward district of Srikakulam on several occasions.

Speaking at the roadshow in Palasa in Srikakulam district, Jagan said he would fight for the families of the Kakarapalli victims and cancel the proposed thermal power plant.

Focusing on local problems, he said he would consider inclusion of fishermen, Boya, and Vaddera communities among scheduled tribes, apart from including Kalinga Vysyas among backward classes. He also promised to complete the reservoir projects at Apshore and Nandigama. He urged the people to support YSRC candidate Reddi Shanti for Srikakulam Parliamentary constituency and Duvvada Srinivas as MLA candidate.

The YSRC chief reiterated his poll promises of bringing governance to the doorsteps of people, ending power cuts completely by 2019 and seven hours uninterrupted power supply to farmers, only one liquor shop per Assembly constituency, a job for every educated unemployed youth, improving the Aarogyasri scheme and 50 lakh houses for poor in five years.

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