NEW DELHI: With the passing of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill by Parliament, the major hurdles for the multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project have been cleared. On Monday, the Rajya Sabha had passed the Bill by a voice vote, enabling transfer of 205 villages in seven mandals in Khammam district of Telangana to AP for the Polavaram project. The Bill was already passed by the Lok Sabha last week.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, assuring that the interests of the displaced villagers would be taken care of, said, “There was no Constitutional violation in bringing the Bill and it was approved by the government after studying the socio-economic impact of the project.”
BJD MLAs submit memorandum to the Governor over Polavaram issue#Odisha@NewIndianXpress— Bijay Chaki (@bijay64) July 14, 2014
Maintaining that the Polavaram project is a multi-purpose project, for which the Centre will provide the funds, he said that all possible steps will taken to ensure proper rehabilitation of the tribals, adding that Andhra Pradesh Government has assured Chhattisgarh and Odisha that there will be a protective embankment for as many villages as possible. On the issue of why it was not sent to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies for debate, the minister pointed out that the decision to bring out an ordinance was taken on May 27.
submergence area for any irrigation project is normally estimated at 2 to 5%. In respect of #Polavaram, it is said to be 20%.— gandikota vasu (@gandikotavasu) July 15, 2014