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No scrapping of power projects: Andhra CM

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Kiran Kumar ReddyIn a major blow to environmentalists and green NGOs, who have been protesting against proposed nuclear and thermal power projects in Srikakulam district, AP chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy  asserted that none of the proposals would be spiked in the larger interest of country's power requirement in future. At the same time, he assured that the government would ensure better compensation packages to the people to be affected by the projects.

Talking to newsmen here, Reddy said the state government would get around 3,000 MW of power from the proposed Kovvada Nuclear Park (KNP). Though it was well known that the country's power demand would multiply manifold in future, a certain section of society and opposition leaders were opposing the projects for their political survival, he said.

Claiming that not a single acre of land had been acquired from people for power projects in the district without their prior approval, the chief minister said representatives of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited would hold further discussions with the locals over the KNP to sort out various issues.

Reddy said major irrigation projects such as Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella were included in prime minister Manmohan Singh's list of important projects and the state government was putting pressure on the Centre for their early clearance.

On illegal construction of irrigation projects across the Vamsadhara in Odisha, he did not give a direct reply.

Reddy, who visited the Rajiv Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here, sanctioned Rs 5 crore for completing six new blocks. He said it was the responsibility of the state government to get permission from the Medical Council of India for the continuance of courses and assured the students not to worry.

He said all welfare schemes would continue with some modifications.

Source- Ibnlive

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