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Enviornmental Clearance for Sompeta power project quashed

Enviornmental Clearance for Sompeta power project quashed

With the people of Srikakulam vehemently and violently opposing the NCC thermal power project in Salur, the National Environmental Appellate Authority on Thursday quashed the environmental clearance granted to the Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd by the ministry of environment and forests to set up a thermal power plant at Sompeta village in Srikakulam district.

The decision comes as major relief to the people in Sompeta, where four people lost their lives in police firing while protesting against the power project on Wednesday.

The Centre had earlier cleared the NCC thermal plant along with three other plants that are to be set up in an area of 10,000 acres to generate 10,000 MW of power. The NEAA faulted the Centre and said that the environmental clearance accorded by the ministry to the project was based on wrong information and was thus liable to be quashed.

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