Environment Ministry suspends construction work at AP plant
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 21:32
New Delhi: A day after a violent protest by local farmers, Environment Ministry on Tuesday ordered suspension of construction work of a power plant in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Ministry sought a report by March 6 from the company East Coast Energy Pvt Ltd on compliance of conditions for environmental clearance.

The ongoing construction work related to the project should be "suspended forthwith", the Ministry said in its order with regard to the power plant.

It said the 2,640 MW Super Critical Coal plant was being constructed on wetland and cited recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry as a reason for order to suspend work.

The Ministry said the case will be heard on March 7 when the representatives of the company should be present.

The order comes a day after police firing on farmers who were protesting against the project in Srikakulam in which two people were killed.

The matter was raised in Parliament today after which Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh promised action.

Ramesh threatened to slap another show cause notice on the company promoting the power plant.

Describing the killing of farmers as "unfortunate and tragic," Ramesh said this was not the first time that violation had taken in this connection and his ministry had issued a show cause notice earlier as well.

"In view of the nature and the seriousness of the matter, it had been decided that the Expert Appraisal Committee dealing with Thermal power projects should consider these and the issue of compliance with the conditions stipulated in the aforesaid environmental clearances in its meeting scheduled to be held on March 7," the notice said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 21:32

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