HYDERABAD: Polavaram irrigation project on the Godavari in Andhra Pradesh has triggered a fresh row between the two Telugu-speaking states, with the Telangana government pleading with the Supreme Court for a fresh assessment to estimate the impact of the project on 100 villages in Telangana, which are likely to be submerged in the backwaters of the project.
Expressing apprehensions about submergence of 100 villages in nine mandals in Telangana in the backwaters of Polavaram, the Telangana government filed an affidavit in the apex court this week. The hearing is likely to come up in the first week of August.“Direct fresh impact assessment studies have to be done as per latest Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification for consideration of extending environmental clearance for Polavaram project to safeguard the lives of the people, livestock and environment near river banks,” the TS government stated.
The state government wanted the Supreme Court to direct AP and the Centre to conduct a detailed study for correct estimation of the probable maximum flood with the latest data till 2016.
It also wanted backwater studies with revised flood discharge of 50 lakh cusecs or more at the Central Water and Power Research unit at Pune as mandatory for protecting important places in Telangana coming under submergence. The TS government expressed concern over submergence of its villages in the wake of Central Water Commission changing the probable maximum flood from 36 lakh cusecs to 50 lakh cusecs.