AP Human Rights Forum opposes Coastal Corridor proposal

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Kakinada, Apr 27 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh unit of Human Rights Forum Secretary V S Krishna today said the proposed 'Coastal Corridor' would adversely affect farmers, agricultural labourers and fishermen in the coastal districts of the state.

Addressing the press here, Mr Krishna alleged that it would also affect the ecology of all the nine coastal districts and the marine wealth in the region.

Lashing out at the State Government for its ''unilateral decision,'' he alleged that the issuance of the GO, giving a go-ahead signal to the plan, was ''anti-people'' and ''undemocratic.'' He said ''the acquisition of agricultural lands for setting up SEZs and coastal corridors indicated that the government is indulging in real estate business.'' Mr Krishna said the committee, set up to oppose the industrial coastal corridor plan, would mobilise public opinion by holding public meetings and demonstrations in the coastal districts.

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