Odisha CM Opposes Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Chhattisgarh, Naveen Patnaik, Odisha
Odisha CM opposes Polavaram
TNN, 8 Ocober 2014, Hyderabad
In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Polavaram mission, his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi his opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across river Godavari in AP by the TDP government.
Patnaik has urged the Centre, now the implementing authority of the project, not to go ahead with its construction. The development comes at a time Naidu is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar to meet Patnaik and seek Odisha’s cooperation to complete the multipurpose project as early as possible.
According to sources, the Odisha CM told Modi that all riparian states had serious reservations against the project that has now been accorded the status of national project as concession to residuary AP following bifurcation.
In fact, Naidu had planned the trip this week itself. However, it had to be put off due to the ongoing Janmabhoomi programme scheduled till October 20. CMO sources intimated that he might plan his visit to Odisha in the last week of October.
Naidu has embarked on the Polavaram mission to pacify Chhattisgarh and Odisha which have been opposing the project on the ground that it will lead to submergence of some areas in the two states. Ever since the Centre notified it as a national project, farmers and political parties including the ruling BJD have been pressurising Patnaik to meet Modi to stall the project. Accordingly, the Odisha CM met him in Delhi on Monday and conveyed his opposition to the project.
A few days back, Naidu visited Raipur to seek the cooperation of Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh for the project. However, he had to come back without any assurance. Singh had said that they did not discuss the matter as it was sub-judice.
Now, even before meeting Naidu, Patnaik spelt out his stand by urging the Centre not to take up construction of the project. And instead of confining himself to Odisha’s opposition, Patnaik drew Modi’s attention to the concerns of all riparian states, namely Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
“Patnaik drew the attention of the Prime Minister to the proposed Polavaram Project in Seemandhra. He stated that many states including Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana are seriously concerned about the adverse consequences of the proposed project including submergence and flooding. The project will affect vulnerable people living in the backward district of Malkangiri. The Odisha CM urged upon Modi to appreciate the genuine concerns of Odisha and other affected states and not to go ahead with the proposed project,” a press release issued by the Odisha government said.
However, AP was cautious in its response to Odisha’s opposition to the project. “We are not aware of the development. From the beginning, Odisha has had some reservations about the project. CM Naidu wants to meet his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patanik only to clear the misgivings his state has about the project. Naidu will undertake the trip after the Janmabhoomi program which will continue till October 20,” CMO sources said.