Naveen Seeks Modi Support

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting for appropriate directions to stop the construction work of the Polavaram Project immediately until all the pending issues are resolved.

“If the project is allowed to be completed before the resolution of all the pending issues, it will cause permanent injury to the interest of the State of Odisha and its people”, Mr.Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister, in a letter to Prime Minister, said the people of Odisha will have to face serious consequences like submergence of tribal lands, flooding of fertile agriculture land and mass displacement of villages because of the project.

“If the construction work on Polavaram Project is not stopped forthwith, it will have immense adverse impact on the people living in the tribal district of Malkangiri in Odisha. The submergence of tribal villages resulting in mass displacement of primitive tribals, flooding of fertile agricultural lands and submergence of large extent of forest area would be irreversible consequences,” Mr.Patnaik wrote in his letter to the Prime Minister.
“All this can be avoided if an opportunity is given for, a final resolution of the dispute pending before the Supreme Court. The Polavaram Project can be reformulated as per GWDT award without causing large scale submergence in the States of Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh,” he added.
Referring to his letter addressed to the then Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan, and the MoEF’s Office Memorandum 10 July, 2018, which ordered to keep the "Stop Work Order" in abeyance for a further period of one year w.e.f. 3 July, 2018 and again for two more years disregarding the concerns of the State of Odisha, Mr.Patnaik further stated that once the Project is completed, there shall be impounding of the reservoir and it may not be possible to change the design and operating parameters of the Project thereafter. He also informed the Prime Minister that the public hearing in the State of Odisha has not been carried out till date.
“The Environmental Clearance was given to the Project on 25 October, 2005 without conducting the public hearing in the affected areas of Malkangiri district of Odisha,” the Chief Minister told the Prime Minister.

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