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Updated On 23-11-2018 11:08:56 ISTUpdated On 23-11-20182018-11-23T03:23:47.310Z23-11-2018 2018-11-23T03:08:40.069Z - 2018-11-23T05:38:56.728Z - 23-11-2018
The chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, requested the prime minister on Wednesday to stop the construction of Polavaram project until all pending issues are addressed. The Ministry has currently put a “stop work order” since July 3, 2018, following an assurance from N Chandrababu Naidu.
"In this context, it is not understood how the impounding of the reservoir will not take place once the project is completed. Further, it is to mention that it will not be possible to change the design and operating parameters of the Polavaram project after the completion of the project," Patnaik.
Patnaik said, “the Polavaram project can be reformulated as per Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal (GWDT) award without causing large-scale submergence in Odisha, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh.”
"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," said the Chief Minister.
The Odisha government in July this year had challenged the Central government’s decision to give Polavaran, a national project status. A petition stated that the project would submerge habitations in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Telangana, and also submerge forest land and wildlife sanctuary.
The petition also stated that there was a need to cancel the permissions granted to the project to ensure no damage is caused to Odisha, and further added that a National project status to Polavaram was not correct.
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