Students and civil society organisations have decided to hold a series of protests to exert pressure on the Union and State governments to locate the central port sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh at the coastal village of Ramayapatnam.
The former Minister Vadde Sobhanadreswara Rao said a satellite port of Visakhapatnam Port Trust could be developed at Vaderavu. But this should not be at the cost of a public sector port assured in the State Reorganisation Act.
The State Government should amend its order taking out Ramayapatnam from the purview of the exclusive economic zone of a private port player operating in Nellore district and pave the way for location of a public sector port at Ramayapatnam instead of Dugarajapatnam in view of security, environment and economic viability concerns associated with the latter, he said.
Students of city colleges would attend classes wearing black badges on Friday to urge Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to recommend the case of Ramayapatnam in the wake of the Centre reportedly expressing reservations over the site at Dugarajapatnam for various reasons, said Andhra Pradesh Students and Youth Joint Action Committee Rayapatti Jagadeesh.
A signature campaign would be organised on July 21 under the guidance of the Prakasam District Development Forum followed by a protest march with a giant national tricolour on July 23, human chain on July 24 and a “’dharma poratam” in front of the Collectorate on July 27 on the eve of the Chief Minister’s visit to Ongole to lead a “’Dharma Poratam” against the Centre .
Meanwhile, PDDF president Ch. Ranga Rao said the land at Vaderavu was mired in litigation as the then Congress government had entered into a memorandum of understanding for setting up a private port and ship repairing unit. A port at Vaderavu would be non-starter in view of prolonged litigation, he opined.
Meanwhile, senior YSR Congress Party leader Y.V. Subba Rao said: “My party is committed to grounding of Ramayapatnam port if voted to power and also pave the way for the setting up of Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Industrial Corridor.”
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