New Delhi: Chhattisgarh government has filed
a petition in the Supreme Court seeking its directions to
restrain Andhra Pradesh from continuing construction of a dam
on river Godavari at Polavaram, saying the clearances given
to the project are illegal and the project threatens the
environment and tribals of the state.
Chhattisgarh is the second state after Orissa to move
the apex court against the Polavaram project by AP government.
"The project will threaten valuable ecology and wildlife.
The project will bring misery to thousands of tribals by
submerging more than 300 villages in Andhra Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh and Orissa," Chhattisgarh government said.
The state contended around 2015.52 hectares of land
falling in South Bastar, Dantewada in Chhattisgarh will be
submerged by the dam and the environment clearances have
been granted to the project without conducting public hearings
in the area.
"Chhattisgarh is a tribal state. A very large population
of tribals will be displaced due to submersion of areas. The
area is a notified area under Schedule -V of the Constitution
and therefore the permission of Gram Sabha is required under
the PESA (Panchayat Extension to the Scheduled Areas Act),"
the petition filed through advocate Atul Jha said.
"In this regard, it may be noted that the Ministry of
Tribal Affairs, in its order dated April 17, 2007, granting
clearance to the Polavaram Project has noted that there had
not been any consultation with the Gram Sabhas in the affected
areas in the states of Chattisgarh and Orissa," it added.