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MoEF again stops Bhavanapadu power plant's construction work

The central government has once again issued stop-work order against construction of 2,640 MW Bhavanapadu Thermal Power Plant of East Coast Energy in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

twitter-logo PTI   Hyderabad     Last Updated: November 7, 2011  | 18:57 IST

The central government has once again issued stop-work order against construction of 2,640 MW Bhavanapadu Thermal Power Plant of East Coast Energy in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in a order in October has told the state government that the project work would have to stop because it had received several serious complaints.

Only a month-and-a-half ago, the ministry had allowed East Coast Energy to resume the project work after a gap of six months.
Earlier in March, MoEF had ordered suspension of work, following a clash between protesters and police in which two protesters were killed and several others, including policemen, were injured.

Locals are opposing the project fearing pollution.

The fresh order says that "after issuance of withdrawal order dated September 22, fresh complaints of serious nature have been received. These complaints are under examination."

"Ongoing construction activity at the project site shall be stopped until further orders", the MoEF order said.

Reacting to the development, East Coast Energy said it would submit a detailed report to MoEF on complete compliance of all the conditions.
"We seek support and guidance from the government and all regulatory authorities and locals in smooth implementation of the power project. We are in full compliance with the environment clearance and all conditions stipulated by the MoEF," company CEO A Pattabhi Raman said in a statement.


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