Bhubaneswar, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

The Odisha government will move the Supreme Court to cancel the Union Cabinet's decision to constitute Polavaram Project Authority to speed up the execution work of the controversial irrigation project by the Andhra Pradesh government.

State Water Resources Department Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra today said the state government would file case on the basis of the report published in media and copy of the Union Cabinet decision.

Mr Mohapatra said the government decided to move the Apex court to cancel the decision, as it was taken while a case was pending in the apex court

The decision, he said, also violated a direction of the Odisha High Court and the Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal.

The Odisha High Court while adjudicating a PIL had ruled that the Polavaram project could be implemented, if it did not submerge any area in Odisha.

As per the DPR, 30 km-long and 45-ft high embankment would be constructed on river Saberi and Sileru and the flood water would be cleared through pumping, which is not possible.

Mr Mohapatra said the project, if implemented, would submerge 100 sq km area and adversely affect 100 villages in Malkangiri district and thus, violated the Odisha High Court Order.

The Water Resources Secretary said the design, height and the reservoir operation schedule was fixed by the Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal.

But the Technical Advisory Committee of the Central Water Commission changed the design, height and operation schedule of the reservoir, without consulting Odisha and Chhatisgarh governments, violating the tribunal guideline.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)