Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi, Dec 10:
The House Committee of Odisha Assembly today decided to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi within next two weeks to apprise him of Odisha’s reservations on the Polavaram issue and request him to stall the project.
Besides, a letter would be written to the Prime Minister within next two to four days with the detailed breakup of the losses and hardship Odisha is set to endure because of the project.
The decisions were taken in a meeting of the 25 member committee represented by MLAs from all leading political parties of the assembly and chaired by the Speaker of the house. The decisions taken in the meeting today were supported by Congress, BJP and ruling BJD.
As per information provided by Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma, 15 revenue villages and 10 other residential areas of Motu area would become submerged because of the project. Further, 6818 people would need to be displaced and 7656 hectares of land would become submerged if the project goes ahead at per its current plan.
“The Supreme Court has not yet taken any decision. We would meet the Prime Minister and present our demand to halt the project. It has to stop at any cost. We would begin a massive agitation irrespective of party lines, if our demands are not met,” said Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Chief Whip of Opposition Congress in Odisha Assembly speaking to reporters after the meeting.
On the other hand, Union River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti today batted in favour of a public hearing given the stake of tribal interests. She also suggested that the both Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu need to work together to solve the issue among themselves.
“I am always ready to help solve the issue and want this matter to be sorted out. I have asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to Speak to Naveen Patnaik too. Ultimately, they need to discuss and come up with a solution. I am willing to speak to Naveen Patnaik, should there be a need. Whenever it is a question about tribal people, we need to be very sensitive about it and public hearing has to take place,” said Bharti in New Delhi today.