The Government of India has agreed to clear and approve sanctions for road projects proposals worth Rs 413.29 crore located in six districts of Andhra Pradesh.

In the wake of the leakage of toxic gases from a pesticide plant in Srikakulam district which forced people in 18 surrounding villages to flee their homes, government agencies may have been exposed

Dimensions of damage caused by fire breakout on June 30 in a chemical reactor at Nagarjuna Agrichem Limited at Srikakulam are far more than a mere figure of 16 injured, of which 13 are undergoing treatment at Vizianagaram and three at Visakhapatnam. What is being attempted to put under wraps is the exposure of those injured, rescue workers, other scores of workers in unit (200 as per the sources) and those in the vicinity including surrounding villages who all inhaled these volatile Organophosphate compounds arising out of the gutting of pesticides in the unit.

Ten workers of an agrochemical company were injured in a fire following an explosion at the plant in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district Saturday morning, police said.

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday upheld the National Environment Appellate Authority decision to suspend environmental clearance for the proposed 2640 mw thermal plant of NCC Ltd.

The National Green Tribunal, under the aegis of ministry of environment and forests, on Wednesday cancelled the environmental clearances granted to the 2,640MW coal-fired power project of Nagarjuna

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has launched an awareness campaign to drive home the point that there is no risk of explosion associated with a nuclear power plant.

This comes in the wake of Nuclear Power Corpo-ration of India Limited’s plans to set up 20 mega-nuclear power plants in the country, including a “nuclear park” at Kovvada in Srikakulam district.

Hyderabad The Andhra Pradesh government has given away 88,492 acres land to 1,027 beneficiaries between 2006-11, resulting in a huge multi-crore land scam, a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report has said. The scathing report, which has been tabled in the state’s legislative assembly, is the CAG’s first comprehensive audit report on land allotments in Andhra Predesh.

Referring to the proposed nuclear power plant at Kovvada in Srikakulam district, Dr S.K. Jain, chairman and managing director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, said land acquisition would start soon as all misgivings have been cleared. “Ours is a public sector company and everything is transparent,” he declared.

Dr Jain agreed that the nuclear mishap at Fukushima in Japan last year had pushed back the schedule of the Kovvada nuclear plant by 15 to 18 months.

Illegal sand mining is rampant in Srikakulam district in spite of the claims of the authorities that they are inspecting the ramps frequently and imposing fines on lawbreakers.

The sand mafia, which is highly influential, is reportedly extracting between Rs.80 crore and Rs.100 crore worth of sand every year from the Vamsadhara, Nagavali, Bahuda and Mahendratanaya rivers.