AP Misguiding Centre on Polavaram – M Dharma Rao సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, Economy, Godavari, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, ST.
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AP misguiding Centre on Polavaram: Forum
September 29th, 2010
Visakhapatnam, Sept. 28: Observing that the mammoth Rs 8,000 crore Polavaram project was a venture to submerge more than 2,00,000 people and over 300 habitations, members of the National Forum Against Polavaram Dam (NFAPD) resolved to stall the project and expose the alleged lies spoken by the state government concerning the issue.
Addressing a gathering of engineers and mediapersons, here on Tuesday, convenor of the organisation Mr Badal Kumar Tah said, “The project must be stalled as in its present form, no consent has been taken from people of affected areas and neighbouring states (Orissa and Chhattisgarh).
Speaking on the project in its present form, Mr M. Dharma Rao, retired chief engineer, said that the state government was not being honest about facts concerning the project and was attempting to misguide the Centre on the issue. Speaking about the construed data on the project, Mr Bharat Bhushan, co-convenor of NFAPD, observed that the state government was presenting a wrong picture.
Mr Bharat Bhushan said, “In May 2005, the state government came up with a GO stating that over 2.3 million acres would be irrigated with the help of the project. However, a report submitted by the same government stated that not more than 7.1 lakh acres would be irrigated. Violations of various Acts and the snubbing of gram panchayats basically amounts to violation of every democratic right possible.”