Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
The Odisha Assembly’s House Committee on Polavaram today sought an appointment from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on any day between December 27 and January 18 next year to meet the Prime Minister on the Polavaram issue, informed Sanjay Das Burma, BJD member in the House Committee on Polavaram.
“The House Committee has sought an appointment from the Prime Minister’s Office on any day between December 27 and January 18 whichever will be suitable for the Prime Minister to meet the House Committee. Our memorandum to the Prime Minister will contain the latest status of the case pertaining to Polavaram at the Supreme Court. Even Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has pointed out that palli sabha should be conducted since it’s a tribal area. That’s what we have been demanding all along. As this is an inter-state dispute, we seek Centre’s intervention to conduct palli sabha in the to-be affected area as it is tribal dominated,” said Sanjay Das Burma, BJD member in the House Committee on Polavaram and a Minister.
Das Burma said all members in the committee will be taken on board while going to meet the Prime Minister.
“We including the Speaker will surely request the dissenting members to come on board since House Committee is above political programmes and it’s in the state’s interest. I firmly believe that the Opposition members will certainly come on board since it involves the security of the tribal people of Odisha,” said Das Burma.
A total of 6,818 persons from Odisha will be displaced due to the Polavaram project of whom 5,916 are tribals and 7,656 hectares of forest land and 26 villages will be submerged, informed Das Burma.
“The Committee will request the Prime Minister for a permanent solution to the issue based on the recommendations of the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal,” Das Burma said in his reply to questions by reporters whether Odisha will seek stalling of the Polavaram project.
The Congress and BJP have said whether the government takes them on board or not they are with the cause of the tribals and the interest of the state.