Union environment minister Jayanti Natarajan announced that her ministry granted the environmental clearances to Sompeta and Kakarapalli power plants during question hour in parliament on April 30. Taking umbrage to her statement, the Paryavarana Parirakshana Samithi (PPS), which is spearheading the stir against the power plants, threatened to intensify its movement.
PPS president Y Krishna Murthy demanded cancellation of GO 1107, which gives room for setting up the thermal power plants. "We would continue the agitations till the government quashes the GO and annuls the clearances accorded to the plant managements," he said. East Coast Energy Private Ltd got the clearance for its Kakarapalli plant on April 9, 2009 and Nagarjuna Construction Company received nod for its power plant at Beela in Sompeta on December 9 same year.
However, the central government kept the permissions in abeyance following the deaths of three farmers in police firing when the anti-power plant agitations turned violent. The fisherfolk, farm labourers and PPS activists have been conducting relay hunger strikes for the last 886 days in Sompeta .