Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) on Tuesday forwarded the resolution adopted by the first council meeting against the privatization of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) to the State Government.
GVMC Commissioner G Srijana has sent the resolution copy to the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary. In a letter sent to the principal secretary, she said that the council adopted the resolution (No.13/2021) at its maiden meeting on April 9 condemning the proposal for 100 per cent strategic sale of VSP. The council also passed a ruling to forward the resolution to the Union Government, the letter said.
The resolution was tabled in the council following a representation made by corporators B Ganga Rao of 78th ward, Pilla Srinivasa Rao of 67th ward and deputy mayor Gijjayani Sridhar. In the representation, they said the Central Government’s decision to go for 100 divestment of the VSP will affect the development of 20 lakh people of Visakhapatnam and the GVMC. They urged the council to adopt a resolution demanding withdrawal of the Centre’s decision and at the same time allocate captive mines for the plant.
Meanwhile, Ganga Rao, who was the first one to give representation seeking resolution against VSP privatization, said the council had felt that the Centre’s move will impact the economic condition of not only people of the city but also GVMC.
He demanded the Central government to withdraw its decision besides allocating captive mines to the plant. He also demanded employment for steel plant oustees. He said the BJP government should immediately accept the GVMC resolution and make an announcement at the earliest. He said the Assembly session should also be convened to adopt a resolution against the same. He thanked Mayor Golagani Hari Venkata Kumari, Commissioner and council members for adopting the resolution.