Dharna At Indira Park Seeking To Preserve Naupada Wetland

We are organising a dharna at the Indira Park from 11 am to 2 pm on Monday (March 7), 2011 demanding cancellation of the environmental clearance accorded to East Coast Energy Pvt Ltd (ECEPL) for constructing an ultra-mega thermal plant in the Kakarapalli wetland in Srikakulam district. The dharna is also to press for dropping of cases foisted upon the local people in the wake of the incidents of February 25 and 28.

We recall that right from the start, both State officials as well as the project proponents withheld vital ecological information, falsified the ecological significance of the wetland, concealed sensitive information, fabricated data and destroyed evidence. They continue to treat environmental regulations with contempt. We have been saying all along that the project location conflicts with both livelihood and conservation objectives.

However, the govt insisted on facilitating the project on this precious wetland thereby leading to tragic loss of two lives in police firing on February 28. Following the killings, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has only temporarily suspended ECEPL’s construction and has called for a meeting of its Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on March 7 to review the clearance regime for the project.

Our demand is for the scrapping of all clearances given to the ECEPL and action against all those officials who have colluded with the project proponent. The entire land handed over to ECEPL must be resumed by the government and the Naupada wetland system must be declared a conservation reserve.

We invite all democratic-minded and concerned citizens to participate in the dharna on Monday.

Human Rights Forum
Forum For Better Hyderabad
Telangana Praja Front


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