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Chhattisgarh govt to oppose Polavaram dam at all levels మార్చి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, population.
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Chhattisgarh to hold public hearing on Polavaram irrigation project
Statesman News Service, 16 March 2011 The Statesman

RAIPUR, 16 March: Following strong objections realised against a planned Polavaram irrigation project by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on the Godavari, Chhattisgarh today confirmed that the Centre has asked it to hold a public hearing on the issue.

“Union minister for forest and environment Mr Jairam Ramesh has agreed to hold a public hearing over Polavaram irrigation project after Chhattisgarh government strongly placed the case before him,’’ an official statement said. (మరింత…)

Supreme Court grants “last chance” to centre on Polavaram row నవంబర్ 18, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, CPI, CPI-M, Godavari, heritage, Koya, livelihoods, movement, politics, Settler, Telangana.
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PTI 18/11/2010

SC grants “last opportunity” to Centre on Polavaram row

New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) The Supreme Court today granted “last opportunity” to the Centre to file within three weeks its response on Orissa’s plea for quashing clearance granted by Environment Ministry to the controversial Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, which it fears would inundate several parts of the state.

A bench of Justices Mukundakam Sharma and A R Dave while passing the order also posted after 8 weeks hearing of the main suit filed by Orissa in 2007 challenging the construction of the project also known as Indira Sagar, which the Centre has agreed to treat as a national project.

The apex court gave the “last opportunity” as it was irked by the Centre”s failure to file the response despite its earlier directive on October 4.

It also asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to file its response within three weeks and allowed Maharashtra to file its impleadment application on the issue as the project had a bearing on the State’s interest too. (మరింత…)

Polavaram : A disaster on card సెప్టెంబర్ 30, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, corruption, Culture, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, Vishakapatnam.
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Polavaram: A disaster on card

Orissadiary.com, September 30, 2010

By Kishor Dash

The Multi-Purpose Indira Sagar Polavaram project, is still not rid of its troubles. While Andhra Pradesh government could manage to get all necessary clearances for its much ambitious Rs 17,500-crore, project and an assurance from the UPA Government at the centre that it would be recognized as a national project, it continues to be hit one roadblock or the other.

The latest in the series comes Odisha government’s fresh application filed in the Apex court seeking the quashing of the clearance granted by the Environment Ministry to controversial Polavaram project on the ground that it would affect the lives of thousands of people in its state due to the massive embankment being constructed by Andhra Pradesh. The matter would be taken up by the Supreme Court on October 4. Earlier, the state government has already filed a suit before the apex court challenging the construction of the multi-crore Polavaram project which it fears would inundate several parts in the Malkangiri district of the state.

Polavaram is a disaster on many counts, ecologically and politically for Odisha, and the Koyas and the Konda Reddis are the latest sacrificial lambs to the temples of modern India. For Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, the probity of the crusade unleashed by the ministry in the past few months hinges on the Polavaram decision. The Koyas and the Konda Reddis are besieged by questions of all kinds — land, livelihood, culture — but the Vedanta rejection has given way to a glimmer of hope. The Naveen Pattnaik government in Odisha says 28 villages in Motu tehsil, nine of them dominated by Koya tribes, will be submerged in Malkangiri district. “A population of 20,000 is going to be affected, which includes Scheduled Tribes and Primitive Tribes. As per the estimates of the state government, the project was likely to submerge 2119.38 hectares of land in Naxalite-affected tribal areas of Malkangiri district. (మరింత…)

Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, corruption, displacement, Economy, Godavari, Identity, Koya, landuse, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, Vishakapatnam.
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Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram
The Hindu, Special Correspondent

NFAPD activists say construction of embankment unviable

* The project will affect people in 19 villages of Chhattisgarh and Motu area of Orissa
* NFAPD meeting adopts resolution seeking re-examination of the project

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several social activists and environmentalists on Tuesday appealed to the Centre to restrain AP from going ahead with work on controversial Polavaram Indira Sagar project till the objections raised by Orissa and Chhattisgarh were addressed to.

At a meeting held here under the aegis of National Forum Against Polavaram Dam (NFAPD), the activists adopted a resolution asking the Central authorities to immediately stop work on Polavaram as it lacked consent of affected communities in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

The resolution vehemently opposed the claim that the construction of an embankment with a height of 40 feet stretching over 30 km would prevent submergence and displacement in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

Stating that the proposed embankment was unviable, they claimed that the project was bound to affect people in 19 villages of Kunta district of Chhattisgarh and an estimated 30,000 in Motu area of Orissa’s Malkangiri district.

Petition
A petition filed by Orissa against the project will come up for hearing in Supreme Court on October 4. The resolution stated that the project should be re-examined as the clearances for land acquisition, forest rights and rehabilitation and resettlement approved in AP were not acceptable in Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Participants included retired Chief Engineer from AP M. Dharma Rao, environmentalist T. Sivaji Rao, chairman of South Odisha Development Council Dayanidhi Sahu, engineer Lalita Mohan Pattnaik, former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana, MLA from Burgampahad Chanda Lingayya Dora and Panchanan Mishra from Bolangir, Odisha. (మరింత…)