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EIA report by project authorities is a joke, Public Hearing on Polavaram dam soon మార్చి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, Economy, Godavari, heritage, Koya, Polavaram, politics.
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Present system of environmental assessment flawed: Ramesh
The Pioneer, March 19, 2011 10:40:27 PM

PTI | Hyderabad

Admitting that the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the Ministry would now seek third-party opinion to evaluate the projects.

He also informed that the Ministry would soon map the wetland areas in the country to formulate a better definition of the same.

The Minister said the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed and the Ministry itself would take third party opinion on environment in projects like coal, power and construction of ports.

“We have done the satellite mapping of all wet lands in the country. We have wetland atlas of every state which will be released by month-end. So far we did not follow scientific approach of wetland management as in revenue record, wet land is recorded as waste land. All these are legacies of the past. We will clean up the system,” the Minister told reporters on the sidelines of Green Landscape Summit-2011 organised by CII.

He also ridiculed the present system of preparing the environmental assessment report by the company itself which is proposing to set up a project.

“Environmental impact assessment report is bit of joke. I admit it publicly. In our system the person who is putting up the project will be preparing the assessment report. I have been very concerned about this. Supreme Court has also expressed its concern,” Ramesh said. (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…)

Now Environment Minister Ramesh requests Polavaram Dam height reduced మార్చి 6, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, Godavari, heritage, Kakatiya, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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Ramesh wants Polavaram Dam height reduced
Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 05, 2011

Four months after issuing a notice to Andhra Pradesh government on south India’s biggest dam project, Polavaram, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wants to reduce the dam’s height to end confrontation between Andhra and its two neighbouring states – Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The state Government has decided to retain the 150-ft height for the dam of the Polavaram project, which many believe can lead to submergence of villages in naxal struck Malkangiri in Orissa and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh and provide ammunition to naxals.

The decision taken on recommendation of a nine-member committee by Preetam Singh, former Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), has irked the two state governments, who alleged they were not consulted before deciding to increase the height by about 60 meters.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in a letter to Ramesh had complained that increasing the height would lead to huge submergence of land area in Dantewada as compared to environment clearance condition that only four villages will be affected. (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…)