3,000 acres for N-plant: CM
Kadapa, Oct. 11: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, said that a nuclear power plant with a capacity of 2,000 mw at a cost of about Rs 10,000 crore would be set up in Pulivendula of Kadapa district.
Speaking to newsmen in Pulivendula on Saturday, he said it would be the first nuclear power plant in the state. Dr Reddy said steps were being taken to acquire 3,000 acres to establish the power plant. The Chief Minister said officials were directed to procure the land near Kanampalli, Yerragudipalli and K. Yelamvariapalli in the Pulivendula area.
Dr Reddy said uranium extraction work taken up in 2,400 acres near M. Thummalapalli village in Pulivendula constituency at a cost of Rs 1,030 crore was going at a fast pace. He said the state government had persuaded the Central government to set up the uranium purification plant in the same area and establish nuclear power plant in Pulivendula area.
The Chief Minister said 3.17 lakh houses were constructed for the poor in the Kadapa district. He said 60 to 70 per cent target of housing construction would be achieved by the time of elections. Dr Reddy said work taken up by the Roads & Buildings department in Pulivendula constituency was going on at a satisfactory pace. He also expressed satisfaction over the condition of roads, underground drainage and drinking water position in the Pulivendula municipality. He said a plan was started to provide irrigation water through drip irrigation to two lakh acres. As part of the plan, 15,000 acres would be provided water through drip irrigation by February 1, 2009 and water to rest of 1.85 lakh acres would be provided by June, 2009, he added.
The Chief Minister said Gandikota project work was going on at a fast pace and expressed confidence that water would reach Gandikota reservoir by the end of February 2009. He also expressed confidence over the progress of work relating to Pulivendula Branch Canal and Lingala Canal. The Chief Minister said work relating to Bramhani Steels was going on at a fast pace.
The major irrigation minister, Ponnala Lakshmaiayh, the Kadapa MP, Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, and the district collector, M.T. Krishnababu were present.