Polavaram project: Naveen raps Modi, Rahul

Bhubaneswar: Returning to the state capital from Delhi after a 12-day break, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaikon Sunday criticised BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi for their recent remarks in favour of the controversial Polavaram multi-purpose project in Andhra Pradesh.

He remarked that both Modi and Rahul indicated clearly that they are not bothered about the people of Odisha or the state’s interests. The Odisha CM reminded that his government has already moved the Apex Court on the Polavaram issue and would do whatever best possible to protect the interest of the state.

Like Odisha, Chhattisgah too has raised several objections on the Polavaram multi-purpose project including displacement of tribal population and inundation of hundreds of acres of land.

Apart from the support of both Modi and Rahul, the project also seems to be a priority for the Union government. Recently, the Union cabinet gave its nod to the idea of setting up an autonomous Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) to expedite the process of environmental and investment clearances for the project.

However, the Union cabinet’s decision has been condemned by Odisha government. On Saturday,  chief secretary JK Mohapatra had said that the state government is awaiting the details of the Union cabinet’s report and appropriate steps would be taken only after examining that.