Naveen Patnaik urges PM Modi to stop construction of Polavaram project

  • | Thursday | 12th July, 2018

The government at the Centre (now NDA government) should fulfil the commitment. As far as Odisha’s apprehensions are concerned, it should get due attention,” Dharmendra told reporters here in the sidelines of a programme.Dharmendra’s statement came a day after Union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari inspected the project works along with Chandrababu Naidu and reiterated the NDA government’s commitment for the project. The stop work order was issued due to non-compliance of certain environmental clearance.The stop work order is being kept in abeyance by the MoEF on yearly basis since July 2015.“The construction of Polavaram project is likely to be completed within the period by MoEF from July 3, 2018 to July 2, 2019, which will cause submergence in Malkangiri district,” he added.Odisha apart, Chhattisgarh and Telangana governments are also opposing the project.As the BJD mounted attack on the the Centre over the Polavaram issue, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Odisha’s concern over the issue should get due attention.“Polavaram project was a commitment by the UPA government during division of Andhra Pradesh. BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking cancellation of Centre’s order allowing Andhra Pradesh government to go ahead with the Polavaram project Naveen’s letter was in view of the Union ministry of forest and environment’s decision to keep in abeyance the Polavaram ‘stop work’ order for one more year on July 10.The chief minister, in a letter to Modi, said the people of Odisha will have to face serious consequences like submergence of tribal lands, flooding of fertile agriculture land and mass displacement of villages because of the project.“All of which can be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution of the disputes pending before the Supreme Court,” Naveen noted.To minimize the scale of submergence in Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh, Naveen suggested to reformulate the project as per the order of the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal (GWDT).The Odisha chief minister also warned that it will cause permanent injury to the interest of Odisha and its people if the project is allowed to complete before resolving pending issues.State government sources claimed that the project, in its current design, would submerge 25 villages in Motu tehsil in Malkangiri district and inundate around 7656 hectares of agriculture and forest land in the district.In February 2011, the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) had issued a ‘stop work’ order due to protest by Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

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