Tests almost complete on the 1,440-km pipeline.

Mukesh Ambani

The paddy-rich coastal Andhra region is turning into a new battleground for anti-special economic zone movement.

The ongoing agitation by farmers against the proposed multi-purpose SEZ near the port city of Kakinada has received a major boost with Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar throwing her weight behind the movement.

Protest against setting up of SEZ turns violent
A Nandigram-type agitation is brewing in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh. The protests against a proposed special economic zone (SEZ) near Kakinada in east Godavari district took a violent turn today with several villagers clashing with police and obstructing the land acquisition process.

Kakinada: The takeover bid of land by special economic zone (SEZ) promoters with the assistance of revenue and police force was opposed by farmers in both Uppada Kothapalli and Tondangi mandals in East Godavari on Tuesday.

Kakinada, Nov. 24: Sea erosion along the Uppada coast in the suburbs of Kakinada for four kms is likely to get permanent reprieve in the next few months. The authorities who tried different methods to arrest sea erosion finally found the geo-tube technology suitable.

Kakinada, Sept. 10: The wildlife divisional forest officer (DFO), Mr K. Govinda Rao, claims the department has been taking all necessary precautions for the safety of the turtles during the nesting season. "We post guards along the coast in the nesting season to curtail the menace of foxes and dogs," he said.

Hyderabad, Aug. 12: Reliance Industries has decided to go ahead with crude oil production from the Krishna-Godavari (K-G) basin Dhirubhai-26 fields as there are no legal restrictions on oil production from the basin. RIL sources said production of crude oil will start from the third week of September and an estimated 20,000 barrels of oil are likely to be produced per day during the initial period.

Private infrastructure company GMR will replace state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the proposed Rs 31,000-crore refinery and petrochemical plant at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. The exit follows the country's largest oil and gas producer's claims over the past year that the project was unviable. ENTRY STRATEGY # GMR will hold 51% in the Kakinada Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd (KRPL), the company implementing the project # No tax sops to be extended to GMR

State-owned exploration giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation on Monday decided to exit the Rs 25,600 crore Kakinada refinery, petrochemicals and SEZ project. It will be replaced by infrastructure major GMR Group which would get 51% equity in the venture, that had also been eyed by the Hinduja group.

The Rs 31,000-crore refinery and petrochemical plant being planned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh is likely to have a new partner