Money for Centre, misery for AP, says Jagan on GAIL tragedy

Money for Centre, misery for AP, says Jagan on GAIL tragedy - Sakshi Post

YSRCP chief and the leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today said that while all the benefits of the gas extracted from AP soil were accruing to others, the state was suffering the ill-effects of gas prospecting and distribution.

He said Andhra Pradesh was not getting any share in the gas that is extracted in Andhra Pradesh.

YS Jagan visited Nagaram, once a burgeoning village, now a veritable grave yard due to the massive explosion due to the leakage of the inflammable gas from the GAIL pipeline near Mamidikuduru in Konaseema region of the East Godavari district.  17 persons died and many more were injured in the mishap.  He also visited Amalapuram and Kakinada, where the injured were being treated.

Jagan demanded that the compensation be hiked to Rs 1 crore. “Rs 25 lakh compensation is not enough. To teach a lesson to the erring companies and to drive fear into the minds of the authorities, the compensation amount should be hiked. This will serve as a deterrent and similar punitive compensations are given world over for ecological disasters such as these,” he said.  He also wanted Rs 20 lakh per acre to be paid as compensation for the crop lost.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the village, he said, “Government is getting thousands of crores of rupees as income from the gas here. But, there is no guarantee for the lives for the people here. This is not the first time such an incident has taken place here.” He said Andhra Pradesh does not get any royalty for the off-shore explorations and extraction of gas and oil and the royalty for onshore drilling was minimal. Jagan also advised chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to wake up and discuss with the Centre the sharing of coal from Singareni Collieries and gas from the KG Basin.

YSR CP leaders Jyothula Nehru, Pinipe Viswaroop and other leaders accompanied YS Jagan.

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