Visakhapatnam: With the slogan of "Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Not for Sale", Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee organized a 10-km human chain on Sunday from Aganampudi junction to BHEL junction against the privatization of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

The convener of the committee, J. Ayodhya Ram, said the stir against the Centre will continue with the same spirit until the decision against VSP's strategic sale is withdrawn. Committee chairman D. Adinarayana warned that protests would be intensified in various forms in the coming days in Vizag city as well as in other parts of the state and in Delhi, too.

Committee members G. Venkata Rao and V. Srinivas said private management representatives will not be allowed into the company at any cost as VSP is the pride of Vizag and Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Ayodhya Ram said they will not allow those who are planning to sell and buy the plant to enter Visakhapatnam.

They said the plant is a national asset and the property of the people. The BJP government will face severe consequences if it goes ahead with the privatization plan, they added and urged MPs from the state to stall the Parliament proceedings demanding revocation of the privatization notification.

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