Polavaram issue: Orissa hand-picks three experts

Bhubaneswar: As directed by Supreme Court to form joint expert technical committee on controversial Polavaram project, the state government on Saturday recommended three experts to the apex court.

The experts are: Former Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman Anil D Mohile, Prof A K Gosain, IIT Delhi and Dr M Perumal, IIT Roorkee.

Similarly, Andhra Pradesh government would also recommend experts to the committee.

While the former CWC chairman has worked on several river linking projects, Prof A K Gosain who is working in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi has also vast exposure to construction of dams. This apart, Dr M Perumal who works in the Department of Hydrology at IIT Roorkee has also expertise on the subject.

The experts have also forwarded their consent letters to the state government in which they have expressed their willingness to be part of the joint expert technical committee.

The members on board the committee would ascertain whether the project is being executed as per the guidelines of the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal. The experts would also examine the extent of submergence due to the revised design on the height of the dam. With the revised design, the height of the dam would increase from 150 ft to 180 ft. The members would also study the backwater effect along the Sabari and Sileru rivers flowing through Orissa into the Godavari in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Notably, the CWC had finalized it without estimating the flood contributions from these rivers.

As per the state government, the project is likely to inundate 2119.38 hectares of land in Malkangiri district.