They will have a combined installed capacity of 14,460 MW

Five thermal power stations with a combined installed capacity of 14,460 MW, which is almost equal to the State's existing total capacity, are being established along the Nellore coast. Minister for IT Ponnala Lakshmaiah informed M. Sridhara Krishna Reddy (Congress) in reply to a question in the Assembly that the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) had allotted 4,510 acres to facilitate their establishment.

The setting up of 63 thermal power plants along the coast line of Andhra Pradesh will place this state in the category of one of the biggest carbon emitters in the world.

The biggest amongst these power stations is the Krishnapatnam power station which claims it will provide electricity to 7 million homes. Dr Babu Rao, a retired chemical engineer formerly with the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, pointed out,

The company is making arrangements for coal supplies from its subsidiary, PT Madhucon Malaysia, after it secured in-principle clearance for jetty construction.

Andhra Pradesh which has 75 notified special economic zones (SEZs), which is the highest number of SEZs in any State in the country, has attracted investment of about Rs 15,000 crore.

In neighbouring Karnataka, the Lokayukta report on illegal mining has led to the resignation of B S Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister and put the BJP on the defensive.

The nexus between officials of groundwater, mines and geology wing and the sand mafia came to light when the ZP chairman, Mr K.Govardhan Reddy, produced a book of nearly 212 pages containing copies of various communications, government orders and court rulings before media persons here on Tuesday.

The documents clearly indicated violation of rules and regulations by the departments concerned an

Jan. 7: MLAs of Prakasam district objected to the laxity of Rural Water Supply (RWS) officials in providing drinking water facility in government schools. They demanded severe action against officials during the district-level vigilance and monitory committee meet here on Friday. MLAs, Messrs G.V. Seshu, A. Krishnamohan, K. Narayana Reddy, Y. Suresh and G.

Dec. 15: People living in the border villages of AP-Tamil Nadu in Kuppam mandal have been living with fear following movement of leopards close to their habitations from the nearby forest since last three weeks.

Moreover, forest range officer, Mr Mogileswar Rao, also confirmed about leopards prowling in the region.

Nellore, Dec.

Nellore, Dec. 7: District administration sounded high alert along the coast following forecast over the possibility of low pressure system crossing between Kavali and Bapatla. State government has deputed special officer Mr G.