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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 Conundrum – Richard Mohapatra జూలై 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, corruption, Godavari, Identity, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, TDP, TRS, Uttara Andhra.
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“People living in the Polavaram dam’s submergence zone have another strong legal protection besides FRA, which can be used to demand scrapping of Polavaram dam. All the villages are governed by the powerful Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) of 1996. Under this Act, no project can be initiated in a Schedule Five area without the consent of the gram sabhas there. What’s more, no land can be acquired without the consent of the gram sabhas”.

Deccan Herald July 19, 2011

Polavaram Conundrum
Richard Mohapatra

Fear of submergence haunts Kurturu, a village nestled in the Papi hills of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh

In 2005, a band of officials, an unusual sight in this remote village in West Godavari district, visited the place and marked a rock. Then they broke the news about the Polavaram multi-purpose project on the river Godavari that would submerge Kurturu along with 275 other villages.

The words “FRL 150 feet” are inscribed on the rock face, which mean submergence at full reservoir level of 150 feet (45.72 metres); it indicates the level to which the river will rise once the Polavaram dam is constructed. The rock is at a much higher level than the 1986 flood level. Kurturu residents have vivid memories of the flood—the worst by far, when the Godavari rose by over 45 metres and submerged the village. The residents, belonging to the Konda Reddy tribe, point at trees on the hill to indicate the flood level.

The flood lasted just two days. The dam will submerge the village forever. Even in summer, when the river’s flow is relatively low, the village will be submerged 18 metres under water, informs Rajakrishna Reddy, a resident of Kurturu. The Polavaram dam, an earth and rock-filled structure, will displace the largest number of people in India’s history of such projects.

“For every five acres (2.02 hectares) that will be irrigated by the project, one tribal family will be displaced,” says E A S Sarma, former power secretary, who has been tracking the project. The dam’s backwaters will submerge 3,731 hectares (ha) of forestland; its net present value, assessed at Rs 13 lakh per 0.4 ha, would add up to Rs 1,120 crore. Kurturu’s residents have been waging a desperate battle to stay afloat. In 2008, they came to know about the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, popularly called Forest Rights Act (FRA). (మరింత…)

Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2010

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Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram
The Hindu, Special Correspondent

NFAPD activists say construction of embankment unviable

* The project will affect people in 19 villages of Chhattisgarh and Motu area of Orissa
* NFAPD meeting adopts resolution seeking re-examination of the project

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several social activists and environmentalists on Tuesday appealed to the Centre to restrain AP from going ahead with work on controversial Polavaram Indira Sagar project till the objections raised by Orissa and Chhattisgarh were addressed to.

At a meeting held here under the aegis of National Forum Against Polavaram Dam (NFAPD), the activists adopted a resolution asking the Central authorities to immediately stop work on Polavaram as it lacked consent of affected communities in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

The resolution vehemently opposed the claim that the construction of an embankment with a height of 40 feet stretching over 30 km would prevent submergence and displacement in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

Stating that the proposed embankment was unviable, they claimed that the project was bound to affect people in 19 villages of Kunta district of Chhattisgarh and an estimated 30,000 in Motu area of Orissa’s Malkangiri district.

Petition
A petition filed by Orissa against the project will come up for hearing in Supreme Court on October 4. The resolution stated that the project should be re-examined as the clearances for land acquisition, forest rights and rehabilitation and resettlement approved in AP were not acceptable in Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Participants included retired Chief Engineer from AP M. Dharma Rao, environmentalist T. Sivaji Rao, chairman of South Odisha Development Council Dayanidhi Sahu, engineer Lalita Mohan Pattnaik, former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana, MLA from Burgampahad Chanda Lingayya Dora and Panchanan Mishra from Bolangir, Odisha. (మరింత…)