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VizianagaramFeb. 13Tribal farmers from three panchayats in S.Kota mandal in Vizianagaram district staged a protest demonstration in front of the collectorate on Tuesday against the Jindal Group's proposal to set up an aluminium factory.

The two main Left parties led the agitation.

Initially, the factory was proposed to be set up in the vicinity of Sabbavaram in Visakhapatnam district. Even a public hearing was conducted. But subsequently, the proposal seems to have been shelved.

The bauxite required for the factory will have to be mined by Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation in the agency (tribal) tracts of Visakhapatnam district and handed over to the Jindals.

There is stiff opposition to the proposal too from the tribals, environmental groups such as Samatha and the Left parties, especially the CPM.

Mr M. Krishna Murthy, District Secretary of the CPM, and Mr P. Kameswara Rao, District Secretary of the CPI, said that the proposal to set up the factory in Vizianagaram district would be opposed tooth and nail.

They alleged that the revenue officials were trying to acquire 1,264 acres of agricultural land in the three villages for the factory.

The Left leaders said that the establishment of the factory would ruin agriculture in the area and water for the factory would be diverted from Thatipudi and Chilakalagedda reservoirs.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 14, 2007)
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