STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Andhra plans to set up power plant in Kotia, Odisha unaware

Sources said, officials from New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd.

Published: 02nd December 2021 09:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2021 09:52 AM   |  A+A-

AP officials survey a site for the proposed power plant in Kotia | Express

By Express News Service

KORAPUT: Andhra Pradesh (AP) has done it again. In a fresh attempt to intrude into Odisha borders in Kotia, officials from the neighbouring State scouted places in Kotia on Wednesday reportedly to set up a power plant. 

Sources said, officials from New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. (NREDAP) and four executives of National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC ), New Delhi visited Neradivalsa, Dhulipadar and Tadivalsa villages on the day. They visited different sites and conducted surveys for the proposed pumped storage power project in Saluru and Kotia including 21 disputed villages.

As news spread, locals expressed their displeasure on lack of initiative of the State government over the matter despite formation of a high-level committee headed by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra to look into the development and welfare of Kotia and its people. A couple of weeks back, a team of IAS officers from the neighbouring State visited Deomali in the name of having a get-together. 

Similar intrusions by AP officials in the past are being seen as the state’s strategy to woo people through social schemes. At Dhulipadar on the day, the officials promised free electricity supply to every household through the proposed power project. 

Contacted, State Seeds Corporation Chairman and district BJD president Ishwar Chandra Panigrahi said the higher authorities have been apprised of the matter for necessary advise and action against AP’s move.
 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp