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KCR plans another yagam for trouble free Rs 40,000 crore mission bhagiratha జూలై 15, 2016

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Telangana: KCR to perform another Yagam, to ‘banish developmental hurdles’
Srinivasa Aro Apparasu, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, July 14, 2016

Known for his staunch belief in ancient Hindu customs, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is all set to appease Lord Vishnu in a big way. He is preparing for yet another major Vedic ceremony, this time to apparently ward off ‘evil forces causing hurdles’ in implementing government programmes.

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. After performing a Yagam in 2015, KCR will perform another in Medak in August to apparentely ‘banish developmental hurdles’. (File Photo )

Preparations are on for KCR performing the Sudarshana Yagam in his assembly constituency in Medak district next month. The detailed religious ritual will be held at Gajwel on August 7 to invoke Sudarshana, the mythological disc associated with Lord Vishnu in decimating evil forces.

The 62-year-old CM will perform the Yagam along with the family. Ahead of its start at Gajwel town, he will formally inaugurate the first phase of his government’s Mission Bhagiratha that aims to provide drinking water to every household, according to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who is a nephew of KCR. (మరింత…)

New Craft of Looting the Nation – Criminal Dams డిసెంబర్ 3, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, Polavaram, TDP, TRS.
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Only criminal probe can unravel scam in irrigation projects
Nauzer K Bharucha, TNN Nov 30, 2012

Mumbai: For the past ten years, a politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus has had a free run of multi-crore irrigation projects in the state. Rules were blatantly flouted, project estimates illegally revised and permissions brazenly granted without adequate precautions and mandatory clearances.

Government sources said that only a criminal investigation could unravel the extent of the scam, described as the largest in Maharashtra’s history. “The white paper on irrigation projects submitted to the state cabinet on Thursday is merely a data collection exercise. If there is an independent judicial inquiry, the Democratic Front government will collapse, considering the involvement of powerful politicians and officials,” said a source. (మరింత…)

AP – Maharashtra in bitter battle over Babli project అక్టోబర్ 29, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, corruption, ecology, Godavari, Identity, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Telangana.
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Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra lock horns over Babli project on Godavari waters
Amarnath K Menon, India Today, Hyderabad, October 17, 2012

Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, both Congress ruled states, are locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of the Godavari waters and the impounding of the water at the Babli project in Maharashtra. The all party demand in Andhra Pradesh is for the demolition of the Babli project even as the Supreme Court has on Tuesday deferred further hearing on the dispute until November 8.

The execution of the Babli project and the drawing water from its reservoir as well as 11 projects upstream in Maharashtra in violation of the orders of the Central Water Commission would adversely affect the flow of the Godavari waters to irrigate farms in Telangana and turn the region into an arid zone.

“The Maharashtra administration and local farmers are not allowing us even to visit the project,” said the Andhra Pradesh major irrigation minister A. Sudarshan Reddy.Though the Maharashtra claim is that it is only tapping 60 thousand million cubic feet (TMC ft) of water the contention of Andhra Pradesh is that its computation is that the upper riparian state is already drawing 65.35 TMC ft. (మరింత…)

Odisha to oppose Polavaram project at NWRC meet on Oct 30 అక్టోబర్ 27, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, corruption, Godavari, Polavaram, politics, ST, submergence.
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Odisha to raise Polavaram issue at NWRC meet
By IANS, Bhubaneswar, 26th October , 2012

Opposing the multi-purpose Polavaram project in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Odisha government today said it would raise the issue at the National Water Resources Council (NWRC) meeting slated to be held in Delhi on October 30.

“We will take up Polavaram issue at the meeting convened by the prime minister,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said before leaving on a six-day visit to New Delhi.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government had been opposing the proposed Polavaram project for a long time. (File photo/ Express)

Stating that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of chief ministers of various states, Patnaik said he would attend the convention and put forth issues relating to the state.

Besides the Prime Minister, the union water resources minister, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister and others are likely to attend the October 30 meeting. (మరింత…)

Polavaram Dam: Corrupt interests at the expense of noble alternatives అక్టోబర్ 25, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in corruption, Culture, ecology, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Koya, Polavaram.
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Observational Report on the Polavaram Dam Project and Surrounding Areas
By: Drew Bahr, HELP International Intern

During the summer of 2011 I had the opportunity to personally witness the proposed construction site of the Polavaram Dam as well as interview three engineers and environment experts with alternative proposals and view the conditions of the people in the proposed area of displacement that would be created by the Dam. During this three-day journey from Hyderabad to northern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, I was surprised to find that many things are not as they were officially described by the government.

Our trip began with an effort to document the present existence of canals to provide irrigation for the surrounding countryside from the Godavari River to refute the claim that the Dam is necessary to provide irrigation for rice and other crops. Although government engineers seem to ignore their presence, we visited perfectly working canals and pumping stations from the river alongside new canals which were supposedly built to take water from the Godavari River to the Krishna River Basin. These larger canals, however, seem to have displaced an inordinate amount of farmers and did not provide means for their local use through pumps or other forms of access.

Secondly, we visited the actual site of the Polavaram Dam and were able to observe proposed construction plans and costs. I was shocked and ashamed to find that the costs of the Dam project had greatly exceeded the rate of inflation of the Rupee several times over and that the proposed additions to the Dam to justify such expense were not commensurate. Moreover, the safety and security of an earthen dam of such vast proportion was clearly called into question upon seeing both the proposed length of the dam as well as the size of the potential reservoir. I would recommend that all inhabitants downstream on the Godavari River take note of the catastrophe and imminent danger a rupture or collapse of the earthen dam would pose to their lives and livelihoods. (మరింత…)

Tribals launch Jala Deeksha against Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 20, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, biodiversity, corruption, Culture, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Polavaram, ST.
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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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