Height of Polavaram Dam wouldn’t change: Uma Bharati

Bhubaneswar: In a new twist to the issue of Polavaram project, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati today said Odisha is yet to keep its answer on rehabilitation package recommended in the Gopalkrishana committee.

Speaking exclusively to OTV, the minister said, “The committee had recommended the best rehabilitation package for the affected people and now it is the responsibility of the State government to keep its version.”

She also said that Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had agreed and signed the project over the height of the dam when it was awarded to the tribunal so now there is no need to harbor any doubt over it.

Speaking on this, senior BJD leader Surya Narayan Patro said the officials of the Public Works department did not informed the details about the project.

The state government started opposing the construction of the dam as it is affecting thousands of people submerging around 15 revenue villages in the Malkangiri district.

Notably, there is a palpable discord between the Central government and Odisha owing to the ongoing construction of Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh, Union Water Resources minister Uma Bharti today washed her hands of the matter saying Polavaram is an inter-State issue and the Central government would not interfere in the matter.

Bharti, who is on a three day visit to Odisha, also informed at a press meet today that she will propose to the State government the plan for inter-liking Godavari-Mahanadi Rivers. In this regard, she will meet the State and Central government officials on Wednesday.