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Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’ అక్టోబర్ 21, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, biodiversity, Congress, corruption, Culture, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, ST, struggle, Telangana, YSR.
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Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’
Staff reporter, The Hindu, Khammam, October 19, 2012

Standing in waist-deep water near Kunavaram, the protesters raise slogans against Polavaram project

Adivasis from areas facing submergence from the Polavaram project on Thursday launched a relay “Jala Deeksha” at the confluence point of the Sabari and the Godavari near Kunavaram.

The Adivasis launched the agitation under the aegis of the “People Against Polavaram Project” (PAPP), an inter-State committee comprising various tribal organisations of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Ordisha. Adivasis from Malkangiri district in Odisha and Sukma district in Chhattisgarh participated in the stir on the first day.
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Tribals launch Jala Deeksha against Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 20, 2012

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Tribals launch Jala Deeksha against Polavaram Dam
M Bharath Bhushan

Tribals and civil society organizations from Malkangiri (Odisha), Sukma (Chhattisgarh), and Khammam (Andhra Pradesh) launched Jala Deeksha on Thursday 18 October demanding immediate withdrawal of Polavaram project that threatens to adversely affect around four lakh people in Eastern Ghats besides causing irreversible loss to ecology in the region.

The Polavaram project is in violation of several laws. It is most controversial and illegal as it lacks approvals from affected people and the authorities of two neighboring states and Government of India. There is no approval of Grama Sabhas in the submergence region of Orissa and Chattisgarh states where no public hearing has been held (even if dykes and protection bunds are constructed to avoid submergence). It also lacks approvals from Gram Sabhas of hundreds of villages to be submerged in Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The project lacks Environmental clearance from MoEF for submergence in Orissa and Chattisgarh states (or for dykes/ protection bunds, etc); Clearance from CEA for power component; Clearance for revised costs by the expenditure (Finance) Committee; Approval of Planning Commission Government of India for revised costs; among other clearances from several central authorities.

This is a project which benefits none, but a curse for all.

The project claims to irrigate land that is already irrigated under existing and ongoing projects such as Tatipudi – Pushakara LIS, Yeleru, Chagalanadu LIS, and Torrigedda Pumping Scheme irrigating altogether 520,000 acres out of Polavaram project’s claim of irrigating 720,000 acres in the same region. The duplicate project is being pushed by Government of Andhra Pradesh only to benefit contractors who have already made thousands of crores for duplicate canals adjoining the existing canals downstream.

The dam is likely to cause massive destruction downstream in the event of dam failure/ dam break according to experts – Prof Sivaji Rao and T Hanumantha Rao (Retd Engineer in Chief, Govt of Andhra Pradesh). National Institute of Hydrology estimated that about four million people downstream would be killed in case of dam failure.
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