Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will distribute cheques towards payment of compensation to those affected by cyclone Titli during a public meeting to be organised at Palasa in the district on Monday.

Mr. Naidu would reach Palasa by a helicopter from Srikakulam by 1 p.m. After interacting with the people’s representatives and officials, he would address a public meeting.

Relief measures

Later, he would seek the opinion of the heads of departments on the relief measures extended in the affected areas.

Mr. Naidu would later leave for Visakhapatnam and then take a special flight to reach Vijayawada.

Minister for Transport K. Atchnannaidu and district Collector K. Dhananjaya Reddy reviewed the arrangements for Mr. Naidu’s visit.

They directed the mandal-level officials to distribute the cheques to the victims in their respective places.

Meanwhile, leaders of the CPI(M) and the CITU asked Mr. Naidu to cancel the land allotment made to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCL) at Kovvada for the establishment of a nuclear power plant as the district was not the right place for it.

‘Great threat’

They said that Titli had proved that natural disasters posed a great threat to the coastal area of the district, and should any accident take place in the atomic power plant, the entire area between Chatrapur in Odisha and Kakinada in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh would be severely affected.

‘Cancel allotment’

CITU State vice-president D. Govinda Rao asked Mr. Naidu to cancel the allotment and protect the lives of the people living in the stretch.

Mr. Rao toured several villages, including Kotapalam, Kovvada, and Kosta in Ranasthalam mandal and urged people to register their protest against the establishment of the nuclear power plant.

CITU leaders P. Tejeswara Rao, Ch. Ammannaidu, and N.V. Ramana participated in the anti-nuclear campaign taken up in the mandal.

He will also seek the opinion of officials on the relief measures in the affected areas.

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