If all goes well, the issue of land acquisition for the nuclear power plant proposed to be built at Kovvada in Srikakulam district will be resolved by October this year what with the assurances given by the Srikakulam district administration to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.
According to NPCIL project director G V Ramesh, the project requires total 2,067 acres of land. The state government has already handed over 485 acres of land through the Srikakulam district administration.
The government will have to hand over the remaining share of 1,582 acres by October. The Srikakulam district administration has assured the NPCIL to transfer the balance share in two phases in August and October this year. “The state government has assured us of transfer of 1,000 acres in August and 582 acres in October. If it happens, the issue of land acquisition for the nuke project will be solved,” Ramesh told TOI.
The NPCIL has been pursuing the land issue with Srikakulam collector K Dhanunjaya Reddy for the last few months to establish the country’s giant atomic power plant in the coastal village Kovvada of Ranasthalam mandal of Srikakulam district.