By Uma Sudhir
Travel to Srikakulam and you would realise how proximity to the sea, the Vizag port, the coal fields, the Kolkota-Chennai National Highway and the railway line has become a curse for the people in this district. How for the last few years, they are waging a war to keep the greedy corporates at bay, to protect their own homeland from degradation. It is an unequal battle, but they won one round last week at Sompeta.
But for every Sompeta, there are several other thermal power plants coming up, on the basis of falsehoods that claim Srikakulam is all wastelands, not wetlands with rich biodiversity.
I travelled to Srikakulam to see for myself this local paradise being raped by industry, in gross violation of all norms.
(Video of my story on NDTV 24×7)