Free For All?
- At least seven thermal power plants have been proposed in and around Srikakulam district
- The companies say they are on wasteland; but many of them are in fact on fertile wetland
- Two protestors were killed on July 14 in Sompeta
- The location, with access to coal, is attracting many groups
The controversial environmental clearance of the Nagarjuna Construction Company’s (NCC) thermal power plant in Sompeta, in the Srikakulam district of coastal Andhra Pradesh, was struck down by the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) on July 14. But this came too late for two protesters—G. Krishnamurthy and Bandi Joga Rao—who were shot dead by the police the same day at a demonstration against the plant. What is alarming is that the Sompeta confrontation isn’t an isolated one. Across northeastern Andhra Pradesh, thousands of acres of fertile, irrigated land and...