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Telangana bandh over Polavaram cripples life జూన్ 1, 2014

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The Hans India, May 29, 2014

Hyderabad: The day-long shutdown called by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday protesting the Centre’s ordinance to hand over 200 villages of Telangana to Andhra Pradesh for Polavaram irrigation project, affected normal life.

Buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) went off the roads in all 10 districts including Hyderabad. Shops, hotels and business establishments were also shutdown in many parts of Telangana.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders sat in protest outside the RTC depots since early Thursday to prevent buses from coming out.


Sand mafia terrorising Karimnagar officials మార్చి 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in corruption, Economy, Karimnagar, politics, regionalism, violence.
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Sand mafia terrorising Karimnagar officials
Naveen Kumar Tallam
Express News Service, 16 March 2012

KARIMNAGAR: Despite having knowledge of unabated illegal sand mining, revenue officials in Karimnagar district are able to do only little to check it. They are fearing to stop or seize the sand-laden vehicles as the owners had reportedly formed a syndicate and are maintaining informers. If any police officer or government officials tries to seize vehicles involved in the illegal act, the sand mafia reportedly threatens them. About two months ago, two persons died under suspicious circumstances in Mallaram and Rudraram villages. There are allegations that the sand mafia is behind the murders. (మరింత…)

Tasks for Kishore Chandra Deo, Tribal Minister జూలై 16, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Hyderabad, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, Vishakapatnam.
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Among the projects taken up in post-Independent India, Polavaram is perhaps the largest single project that has disrupted the lives of the tribals most. The environment clearance given for Polavaram is not valid as it stands today, as there have been fundamental changes in the design of the project. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs should take the initiative in correcting these statutory violations, if necessary, by approaching the Supreme Court, even at this belated stage. The proposal of Andhra Pradesh to seek ‘national’ status for the current project proposal is merely a ploy to cover up its illegalities. In its current design, the project benefits a few chosen politician-cum-contractors, certainly not the public.

OPINION, Tehelka 16 July 2011

Tasks for the new tribal minister
EAS Sarma

Kishore Chandra Deo has had a long career in Parliament. Here’s a doable and basic manifesto for him as the new minister of tribal affairs

THE RECENT union cabinet reshuffle has its plus points as well as minus ones. One important introduction to the cabinet is that of Kishore Chandra Deo, a senior member of parliament representing the tribal legislators and a person who has been in close touch with the ground reality of the tribal constituency in the Visakhapatnam area he represents. Deo has been at the forefront of cautioning his party on the hasty manner in which industrial projects are being grounded in tribal areas without adequate consultation with the tribals. Now that he has occupied the position of a minister, there are high expectations that he will translate his statements into tangible policy initiatives. What are the challenges that lie before him?

Of course, in general terms, as the Minister incharge of both tribal affairs and panchayati raj, he should take initiatives that will further the interests of the tribals in terms of their constitutional entitlements and, simultaneously, empower the grassroots- level constitutional bodies like gram sabhas, panchayats and tribal advisory councils, especially in terms of enforcement of the PESA (Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas). (మరింత…)

Illegal constructions can’t be stalled, only be inspected – Supreme Court on Polavaram ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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SC rejects Orissa plea seeking stay on Polavaram dam construction

Indu Bhan, The Financial Express, Apr 12, 2011

New Delhi: In a setback to the Orissa government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected its plea to stay construction of the controversial multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project on river Godavari by Andhra Pradesh.

A bench headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma directed former Central Water Commission (CWC) member M Gopalakrishnan to inspect the project along with the present CWC members and submit a separate reports to it by July 19, which is the next date of hearing.

The Bench, however, refused to entertain the plea of the Orissa government’s senior counsel Raju Ramachandran to stop the work by saying that “it will be difficult for us to stay the construction at this stage”.

It further observed that the project can be demolished later if it was found to be built in violation of environmental norms. (మరింత…)

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…)

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…)

AP Misguiding Centre on Polavaram – M Dharma Rao సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2010

Posted 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
DC Correspondent

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. (మరింత…)

Parched Telangana, several towns reeling under drinking water crisis దాహం దాహం ఏప్రిల్ 21, 2010

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Water drying up in major irrigation projects of T
Several Towns Reeling Under Severe Drinking Water Crisis

Raghu Paithari | TNN Times of India, 22 April 2010

Nizamabad: Shrinking water levels in various irrigation projects in Nizamabad district have set the alarm bells ringing not only among the farmers and common public of the entire Telangana region but also the district authorities.

While the officials have attributed it to scanty rainfall and lack of floods in river Godavari, experts believe construction of small and medium irrigation projects across the Godavari and Manjeera in Maharashtra and Karnataka has led to drying up of several irrigation projects in Nizamabad.

Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), considered as the lifeline of Telangana region, is reeling under severe water scarcity. “It’s not in a position to even supply drinking water to Metpalli, Korutla and Jagityal towns in Karimnagar district and Nirmal in Adilabad district,” a senior official said. Ironically, all these towns are located close to the project site or its canals. (మరింత…)

Gujja Biksham – India’s Water man మార్చి 13, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Articles, Deccan, Godavari, Hyderabad, Manjira, Polavaram, politics, Telangana.
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The Hindu, March 12, 2010 Life & Style

A man of ideas
Serish Nanisetti

Gujja Biksham is a man who marshals information to push the envelope of ideas. Serish Nanisetti discovers more about the man with ideas about water

You can be taken in by a man by three things: Appearance, impressions and ideas. It is easy to grasp the import of the first two qualities, but to know the third quality you have to sit down and wrestle. Gujja Biksham is one such person. He can easily be called the water man of India considering his immense contribution to the study of ebb and flow of life. A man who knows, researches and understands water: The source of life that is increasingly going to be in short supply. “Water is my turf,” says Biksham, who is a policy advisor of Fresh Water Program at WWF-International. Hailing from Turpugudem in Nalgonda where his mother still lives, Biksham knows what is agriculture and what is water. Currently he is associated with Icrisat-WWF collaborative project. “In the 80s it was discovered that tiger conservation cannot happen in isolation. Sustainable development and ecological balance became the buzz words and that’s how I got involved with WWF,” says Biksham who has been with the organisation working from Switzerland for the past 18 years. Discovering the fact that water is the key to conservation, WWF wanted someone with specialisation in water and Biksham came into the picture. (మరింత…)

Union Minister realises river-linking is disastrous – Future of Polavaram project? అక్టోబర్ 8, 2009

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Interlinking of rivers buried, Jairam says idea a disaster
New Delhi, October 6, 2009 Express News Service

Less than a month after Rahul Gandhi warned against “playing with nature”, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said the idea of interlinking India’s rivers was a “disaster”, putting a question mark on the future of the ambitious project.

“The interlinking of rivers will be a human-ecological-economic disaster. It is easy to do interlinking on paper. Interlinking of rivers has limited basin value, but largescale interlinking would be a disaster,” Ramesh said at a press briefing today.

In Chennai last month, Rahul had expressed concern over the environmental fallout of interlinking. “We should not play with nature on such a massive scale,” he was quoted as saying.

The remark drew flak from UPA ally DMK, which reminded Rahul that it was Indira Gandhi who set up the National Water Development Agency in 1982 to study the possibility of water transfers from surplus basins to deficit areas. DMK chief M Karunanidhi pointed out that UPA-I’s 2004 National Common Minimum Programme had promised “a comprehensive assessment of the feasibility of linking of rivers… starting with south-bound rivers”.

Asked about the party’s stand on the issue, the Congress remained non-committal. “It is a larger issue. It is not a magic wand. There is an awesome scale of interlinking. It is a super long term solution, and not a medium or short-term solution,” spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

“I don’t think anybody is rejecting or accepting it. After 25 years of considerable expenditure, you may still have the same problem. Unless you are sure, you can’t embark on it. It is a project with extremely multifarious aspects and the jury is out,” Singhvi said.

The Interlinking of Rivers programme has had a peninsular focus, and five links have been identified as priority. A group headed by the Central Water Commission chairman has had seven meetings in the past five years: one for the Ken-Betwa link, three for the Parbati-Kalisindh-Chambal link, one for the Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijayawada) link, and two for the Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal links taken together.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/interlinking-of-rivers-buried-jairam-says-idea-a-disaster/525654/1

Jairam’s statement on ‘hazards’ of linking rivers draws flak


Express India, Oct 07, 2009

Gandhinagar: Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh’s statement that “the interlinking of India’s rivers will be a human-ecological-economic disaster” has drawn flak from the Gujarat government.

“I agree with the Union Minister that it is not that easy to implement river-linking projects, as it involves huge costs. But, I would not agree that such projects would prove disastrous”, said Gujarat Water Resources Minister Nitin Patel. (మరింత…)