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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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Polavaram dam not possible with submergence in neighboring states- Jairam జూన్ 21, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, Telangana, YSR.
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Polavaram project not possible till Andhra Pradesh govt ensures villages are not submerged: Jairam Ramesh

21 JUN, 2011, SREEKALA NAIR, ET BUREAU

HYDERABAD: Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh said the clearance for Polavaram project will not be possible till the Andhra Pradesh government ensures that villages in Chhattisgarh and Orissa are not submerged.

“There has been no significant shift since the last position. Orissa and Chhattisgarh are objecting as they fear Dantewada and Malkangiri will be submerged as a result of the project. The Andhra Pradesh government has proposed Rs 620 crore embankment wall to be constructed in these states. A final decision has to be taken on that matter by the Chhattisgarh and Orissa governments,” he said.

Conceived in 1941 with a budget of Rs 6.5 crore, the Polavaram project is yet to take off. The project has been mired in controversies including- environmental concerns, submersion of about 10,000 acres of forest land, land acquisition problems related to displacement of tribals in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Orissa. The budget of the project has also gone up to Rs 16,000 crore. (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…)

Is MoEF serious about action against Polavaram? నవంబర్ 6, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, corruption, Culture, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics.
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Jairam’s ministry after Polavaram project now
The Economic Times, 2 November 2010

NEW DELHI: The environment ministry has sought an explanation from the Andhra Pradesh government for beginning work on the on the Polavaram irrigation project without complete environmental clearance. The ministry has asked Andhra why a public hearing on the project has not been held despite repeated reminders stretching over a year-and-a-half. The notice asks the state government to explain why a formal show-cause should not be issued.

The Polavaram irrigation project was given environmental clearance in October 2005. The project was subsequently referred to the ministry by the Central Water Commission in January, 2009, before it was taken up for consideration by the technical committee of the commission.

At that time, the proposal included construction of bunds and embankments on River Saberi and River Sileru to avoid submergence in Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The embankments were not part of the proposal cleared by the appraisal committee of the environment ministry. As a result, the expert appraisal committee took up the amended proposal for consideration in February, 2009. (మరింత…)