Opposition parties oppose Aqua food factory at Tundurru, writes to Governor


Amaravati: Leaders of all Opposition parties on Monday, wrote an open letter to Governor E S L Narasimhan requesting him to intervene and stop the mega aqua food park proposed at Tundurru village of Bhimavaram mandal in West Godavari district. The leaders said that the proposed project was set to pollute the ground waters in the village and cause health disorders. They further added that the project with a processing capacity of 16,000 tonns and is opposed by the people cutting across the party and social lines.

Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy, CPI secretary K Ramakrishna, CPM secretary P Madhu, YSR Congress leader K P Saradhi, New Democracy leader Y Sambasiva Rao, Liberation leader B Bangar Rao, CPI ML leader G Vijayakumar, MCPI leader M Venkata Reddy, Forward Block leader P V Sundara Rama Raju, Revolutionary Socialist Party leader Janaki Ramulu, Capital area farmers leader Anumolu Gandhi, Capital area assigned land owners association leader M Francis, CPI-ML New Democracy leader Ch Venkateswarlu signed the open letter that was sent to the Governor, a copy of which was also forwarded to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The leaders alleged that the farmers and the people of the area were misled by the government and the company management. The signatures of the land owners on white papers without revealing the facts about the factory, they alleged. However, having come to know about the factory and the pollution that was set to destroy the area from the food factory, the people have opposed the works in April 2014. Since then the people have been fighting against the food park, they said. They have also submitted dozens of representations to the ministers, officials and legislators in vain, the Opposition parties said in the open letter.

The gram panchayats of Tundurru, Kamsalibethapudi, Jonnalagaruvu and 16 other villages of Mogalthuru mandal have passed unanimous resolutions against the food park. The people have also openly displayed their opposition to the mega food park when the public hearings were organized by the officials. They alleged that the government had imposed probibitory orders in the village and not allowing the people raise their voice against the mega aqua food park.

The Opposition parties appealed to the Governor to withdraw the prohibitory orders and allow people to express their views. The leaders also requested the Governor to intervene and advise the government against starting the food park in the villages against the wishes of the people.


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