HYDERABAD: A meeting of various political parties has called for cancelling the public hearing on June 2 in connection with the expansion of the capacity of uranium mining project at Tumalapalle in Kadapa district. It also and opposed the setting up any nuclear plant in the State. A resolution to this effect was adopted at the meeting which was attended by leaders of Congress, TDP, CPI, BJP, All India Forward Bloc, Republican Socialist Party (RSP) and CPI (ML) New Democracy. Congress leader Kodanda Reddy, however, was not present when the resolution was passed. It also wanted reconsideration of the approval granted by farmers and villagers for acquisition of their lands and demanded immediate payment of compensation to them. The meeting was organised by the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM). A letter purportedly sent by the villagers of Meedhipentla and read out at the meeting stated that they were facing health problems and the water was polluted due to the ongoing mining for the past two years. They demanded among other things compensation of Rs.10 lakhs per acre and solution to health and water problems.
Mr. Kodanda Reddy said it was a serious issue and one could not turn a deaf ear to the complaints of the people. T. Seetharam of Telugu Desam said that his party would lead the movement against the uranium mining project. Obilesu (CPI) said his party was against the mining project and wanted a halt to the ongoing works of the first phase. Muralidhar Deshpande (AIFB) suggested that leaders of all parties should meet Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and see that the public hearing was stopped. Shourie (BJP) said that his party in principle was opposed to generation of nuclear energy when there were alternative sources. Suryam (CPI-ML) New Democracy, Janaki Ram (RSP) and Babu Rao of NAPM were among those who spoke.