Published on Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com)
A ‘Jana Jagruti Yatra’ organised by the National Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM) on Thursday took off on a tour of 16 districts to converge at Devarakonda in Nalgonda district. It was flagged off at the Dr. Ambedkar’s statue on Tank Bund by Editor of the Telugu daily, Andhra Jyothi, K. Srinivas.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Srinivas said development needed to be ‘people-oriented’ and not at the cost of depriving the livelihoods of people and that of future generations. He said new projects were welcome as long as they did not deprive people of their existing jobs.
The two week-long ‘yatra’ would culminate in Nalgonda district where social activist Medha Patkar, NAPM’s National Convenor would address people.
B. Ramakrishnam Raju of NAPM said that there were 73 power plants, all coal-based being proposed between Srikakulam and Tada in Nellore district, all along the coastline. Lands being acquired for the purpose, estimated at 28,000 acres in the name of the Vodarevu and Nizampatmam Industrial Corridor and about about 1.5 lakh acre in the name of the Petroleum and Petro-Chemical Industrial Region threatened to rob people of precious land, he said.
While an estimated 14 lakh fishermen would be robbed of their livelihood, a total of two crore people would be affected if Government did not come up with firm plans to compensate them.
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