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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

EAST COAST ENERGY Pvt. Ltd. - Another tale in the YSR corruption saga

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, who is a crony and close pal of the late Y.S.R, is another living example of a rags to riches story. Back when YSR was not in power, KVP could not afford much. After the first term of YSR as CM, he is flush with money. He is the man behind the company called EAST COAST ENERGY Pvt. Ltd.

East Coast Energy Pvt Ltd in the Santhabommali mandal of Srikakulam was the first to storm the ecologically fragile Naupada swamps. Work on its “super-critical technology” plant—the 2,640- MW Bhavanapadu Thermal Power Plant on 2,050 acres—has already commenced, to the chagrin of local farmers, fisherfolk and agitating environment NGOs.

Filling and raising of marshland in the project area is changing the character of the Naupada swamps and causing irreversible ecological damage. Barely three km away from the site is the Telineelapuram bird sanctuary which the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Birdlife International recognise as a globally Important Bird Area (IBA).

In an apparent rush to seek environmental clearance for the East Coast Energy project, AP’s special chief secretary (environment, forests, science and technology) in February 2009 submitted a CRZ (coastal regulatory zone) demarcation report and NOC from the AP government to the Union ministry of forests and environment. The report listed the legal status of quarry land and detailed drainage plan. However, what it conveniently ignored were reports on the ecological value of the wetland and migratory bird breeding in Telineelapuram.


  1. Well said. The great Abraham Lincoln who coined the psalm' Government by the people, for the people, to the people' maybe yaacking in his grave at the tyranny inflicted upon the innocent people, by the very people whom the gullible people elected.It is not democracy. It is the- mock-racy and merciless uprooting of the poor and helpless. What if fence eats... What is happening in Kakrapally is shocking and warrants immediate dismissal of the state government.

  2. kudos for your fight against curruption.we are craving to see an update on this blog in view of the ghastly murder of two protesters by the police yesterday.the district superintendent of police must be dismissed for protecting the interests of the corrupt bigwigs and going to the extent of allowing his force to fire at the poor farmers and fishermen who are rightly agitated over the rape of their lands. he is only fit to be the body guard of a tyrant like that libyan president gaddafi. a 50km-radius area around the natural bird sanctuary must be declared immediately as no development zone.we must all send memoranda to the minister jairam ramesh who appears to be very sensible and responsive to such environmental issues.