Polavaram dam not possible with submergence in neighboring states- Jairam జూన్ 21, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, Telangana, YSR.
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Polavaram project not possible till Andhra Pradesh govt ensures villages are not submerged: Jairam Ramesh
21 JUN, 2011, SREEKALA NAIR, ET BUREAU
HYDERABAD: Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh said the clearance for Polavaram project will not be possible till the Andhra Pradesh government ensures that villages in Chhattisgarh and Orissa are not submerged.
“There has been no significant shift since the last position. Orissa and Chhattisgarh are objecting as they fear Dantewada and Malkangiri will be submerged as a result of the project. The Andhra Pradesh government has proposed Rs 620 crore embankment wall to be constructed in these states. A final decision has to be taken on that matter by the Chhattisgarh and Orissa governments,” he said.
Conceived in 1941 with a budget of Rs 6.5 crore, the Polavaram project is yet to take off. The project has been mired in controversies including- environmental concerns, submersion of about 10,000 acres of forest land, land acquisition problems related to displacement of tribals in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Orissa. The budget of the project has also gone up to Rs 16,000 crore.
The Polavaram project is expected to provide irrigation to 4.36 lakh hectares, water supply to towns and villages and generating hydel power with an installed capacity of 960 MW.
The project is also waiting to be accorded national status as this would help it get 90% of project fund from the Centre.
Ramesh said he would expect the Orissa government to handle land acquisition for Posco in a sensitive manner. “Agitation is a democratic right. Peaceful agitation is what we are all looking for. It is up to the Orissa government to acquire the land in a manner not through coercive manner but through democratic means and through the payment of adequate compensation,” he said.
The Centre is also planning to present the new land acquisition bill in the Parliament in the monsoon session. The new law will amend the 1894 land acquisition Act.