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Naveen to take up Pollavaram & Posco issues with PM

Annoyed over Saxena panel`s adverse remarks against Vedanta and Posco projects, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rushed to Delhi for drawing attention of the Prime Minister.



Bhubaneswar: Annoyed over Saxena panel`s
adverse remarks against Vedanta and Posco projects in the
state and Centre`s clearance to Pollavaram project in Andhra
Pradesh, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rushed to
Delhi for drawing attention of the Prime Minister.

Naveen who is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh tomorrow at 11 am, would raise all the issues
concerning the state, particularly on the Saxena panel`s
adverse remarks on Posco and Vedanta projects besides
Pollavaram matter, official sources said.

"I shall be meeting the PM tomorrow and take up matters
regarding the Polavaram issue and also about Posco and put
forward the state`s demands regarding these two matters,"
Patnaik told reporters before boarding a flight to the
national capital.

Worried over the Centre "ignoring" the state`s views
on Pollavaram project set up over Godavari river in Andhra
Pradesh, the chief minister had already written letter
opposing the project while the state government moved the
Supreme Court over the issue.

Despite Orissa`s all out efforts, the Centre accorded
clearance to Pollavaram project knowing it well that it would
submerge tribal villages, a senior official at the Water
Resource development department said.

PTI

Bhubaneswar: Annoyed over Saxena panel`s
adverse remarks against Vedanta and Posco projects in the
state and Centre`s clearance to Pollavaram project in Andhra
Pradesh, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rushed to
Delhi for drawing attention of the Prime Minister.

Naveen who is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh tomorrow at 11 am, would raise all the issues
concerning the state, particularly on the Saxena panel`s
adverse remarks on Posco and Vedanta projects besides
Pollavaram matter, official sources said.

"I shall be meeting the PM tomorrow and take up matters
regarding the Polavaram issue and also about Posco and put
forward the state`s demands regarding these two matters,"
Patnaik told reporters before boarding a flight to the
national capital.

Worried over the Centre "ignoring" the state`s views
on Pollavaram project set up over Godavari river in Andhra
Pradesh, the chief minister had already written letter
opposing the project while the state government moved the
Supreme Court over the issue.

Despite Orissa`s all out efforts, the Centre accorded
clearance to Pollavaram project knowing it well that it would
submerge tribal villages, a senior official at the Water
Resource development department said.

PTI

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