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Patnaik demands cancellation of MOEF order on Polavaram

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen Patnaik today demanded cancellation of Tuesday's order of the & Forests and Climate Change that allowed construction of the controversial

"I would earnestly request you to kindly intervene in the matter and give directions to cancel the order dated 10.07.2018 of MoEF & CC and to stop the construction of the until all the pending issues are finally settled in the Hon'ble Supreme Court," Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister

The July 10 order of the MoEF & CC kept the stop work order in abeyance till 2019.

The said the can be "reformulated" as per the (GWDT) award without causing large scale submergence in Odisha, Telangana and

"If the project is allowed to be completed before the resolution of the pending issues, it will cause permanent injury to the interest of the state of and its people," Patnaik said in the letter.

He said this is not for the first time the MoEF & CC issued such an order.

"I would like to mention here that the stop work order is being kept in abeyance on yearly basis i.e from 03.07.2015 to 02.07.2016, from 03.07.2016 to 02.07.2017, from 03.07.2017 to 02.07.2018 and the latest being from 03.070.2018 to 02.07.2019, thereby allowing the construction of the Polavaram Project without any change in legal and factual position of the Polavaram project," the letter read.

Patnaik apprehended that the construction of Polavaram project is likely to be completed within the period given by the ministry causing submergence in the district.

The said the construction of embankment requires diversion of forest land and will adversely impact the tribal villages and the population in district.

Besides, there would be flooding of fertile agricultural land, mass displacement of villagers, and all these could be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution as per the GWDT award, he said in the letter.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 21:55 IST