Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Sandeep Sahu
Bhubaneswar, Aug 29:
Maintaining that the proposed Polavaram project will submerge some parts of Malkangiri district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today once again requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to declare the project to be a national project.
“Since the construction of the project has been challenged in Supreme Court against the various clearances accorded to the project and the technical issues which have bearing on submergence for Odisha are yet to be sorted out, it is my earnest request not to declare Polavaram project to be a national project. In fact the construction of the project should be stopped immediately until above pending issues are finally settled,” said Patnaik in a letter to Singh.
The Chief Minister said that many technical issues like design flood, reservoir operation schedule, adherence to GWDT award/BIS codes in the formulation of Polavaram project which have bearing on backwater effect and the extent of submergence to Odisha are yet to be resolved.
“Without resolving these issues amicably, the areas likely to be affected in Odisha cannot be determined,” said Patnaik.
He also referred to the fact that the government of Odisha has filed a suit in the Supreme Court for issuing directions to Andhra Pradesh government not to proceed with the construction of the project and to declare the environment clearance and MoTA clearance given to it as illegal and null and void.