AP Council Opposition demands withdrawal of GO on PCPIR

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Visakhapatnam, Sep 1 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council Opposition leader D Veerabhdra Rao demanded withdrawal of Government Order(GO) on Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region(PCPIR) between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada as part of Coastal Corridor Project.

Talking to newspersons here last evening, he said PCPIR would lead to establishment of hazardous chemical units, resulting in displacement of farmers and death of marine species, endangering the livelihood of fishermen .

Mr Rao alleged that port city and Kakinada would turn into another Patancheru, as the state Government was allotting land to private investors with vested interests in mind.

Telugu Desam Party(TDP), if voted back to power in the coming assembly poll, would review PCPIR, as well as allotment made for Special Economic Zones(SEZ).

Andhra Pradesh Matsyakarula, Matsyakarmika Sangham District Unit Convenor K Appla Raju said the Sangham was conducting a study tour to ascertain the problems confronting fishermen in the State after the announcement of the Coastal Corridor Project (CCP).

Mr Raju said a report would be submitted to the state Government about the adverse effect of the coastal corridor on the fishermen.

Efforts were on to involve renowned environmentalists in the State to study the exigency of the situation, he added, UNI BSR AE AS1717

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