Bhubaneswar, 8 May-2014, Abhijit Saha: The legislature of Odisha yesterday said that the state might look for a directive from the Supreme Court on the local government’s decision to set up an autonomous authority for the Polavaram irrigation system in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The water resources secretary of Odisha, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra has said that earlier this week the union cabinet has given its nod to a proposal to set up Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) to accelerate the environment and investment clearances for the project.
Mohapatra told news sources that the cabinet took the decision regardless of the fact that the matter is pending with the Supreme Court. He then said that they would bring the most recent developments to the notice of the Supreme Court and look for a directive.
The State government moved the SC after the union ministry of environment and forests first granted interim approval to the project to be constructed on river Godavari in the year 2008.
Odisha has been disagreeing with the project, stating that an extensive number of villages in its area of Malkangiri might be influenced.
The central environment ministry gave clearance to Andhra Pradesh 4 years ago for diversion of 3,731.07 hectares of forest land for the project regardless of disagreements.
The central authority has said that they have cleared it on the condition that no submergence of forest area might occur in both the states.