Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 6:
While the ruling BJD and the major opposition parties in Odisha are trading charges and counter charges against each other over the controversial Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI today demanded a white paper on the impact the project is likely to have on the people of Malkangiri district.
The left party has also suggested to the state government that an all party meeting on the matter be convened to build a consensus against the project.
“The state government should come out with a white paper on the entire issue complete with facts”, said CPI state secretary Dibakar Nayak in a statement issued today.
Like the Congress and the BJP, CPI also criticized the Naveen Patnaik government fora rather messy handling of the Polavaram issue.
Nayak proposed to the state government to call an all party meeting on the issue to build a strong and united stand against the project.
While urging the state government to present a clear picture on the exact extent of forest land and villages that would be submerged as a consequence of the project on river Godavari, Nayak said though in 1977 there was an agreement between the governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to limit the dam height to 150 feet, Andhra Pradesh had unilaterally prepared a design increasing the dam height to 180 feet.
The party in its statement condemned both BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for backing the project during election rallies.