The Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to extend full support to the controversial aqua food park coming up in West Godavari district. The government has made it clear that it is not possible to relocate the industry as the management of the proposed Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park has already spent a huge amount of money on the project. It, however, offered to address the concerns of local fishermen and villagers by constituting a high-level committee. The aqua food park, owned by Ananda Group, is coming up at Tundurru village under Bhimavaram mandal of West Godavari district. Sources said the business group belongs to relatives of BJP MP from Narsapur Gokaraju Ganga Raju.

Political strategists in the state government are not serious about the proposed visit of opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to the villages where the anti-food park agitation is going on. In fact, Pawan Kalyan warned the state government not to go the Nandigram way to complicate things by allowing the highly pollutant industry on the banks of river Godavari.

Although CM hurriedly reviewed the pros and cons of the project a day after Pawan Kalyan meeting the victims of the project here on Sunday, the review ended up with instructions to officials to clear the apprehensions of the locals over the project. Interestingly, the CM warned opposition parties for trying to create misconceptions among people saying that the government would not tolerate any attempt to disrupt development. Bhimaravam legislator Pulaparthi Ramanjaneyulu, West Godavari district collector K Bhaskar, PCB and MPEDA officials took part in the review meeting.

Naidu asked the Pollution Control Board (PCB) to take measures to check industrial pollution in the state. Setting up of a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT) for waste water management in all industrial clusters would be ideal to achieve international standards in pollution control, he said and observed that it is not possible to achieve the targeted growth rate without setting up new industries in the state. However, he said stringent measures should be initiated to clear all the apprehensions about industrial pollution. “We shall strive to turn AP into a role model for other states by making it pollution-free just as we did in making it an open-defecation free (ODF) state,” the CM said.

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