Malkangiri: Slamming the Centre for
supporting Polavaram project in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh,
Orissa`s ruling BJD today said it would not allow even an inch
of land to be used for the dam that would displace around
20,000 tribal families in the district.
Dubbing the proposed irrigation project as an
"anti-Orissa" venture, BJD leaders including ministers, MPs
and MLAs, joined the party`s "Polavaram Hatao, Malkangiri
Manchao" convention here and accused the Centre of adopting a
step-motherly approach towards the state.
"A large number of tribals will be uprooted as vast areas
of Malkangiri are set to be submerged and swallowed by river
Godavari if Polavaram dam is constructed," state Finance
Minister Prafulla Ghadai said.
The project will cause enormous damage to Orissa as some
parts of Koraput district are also likely to be adversely
affected, he claimed.
"We will not allow an inch of our land and a drop of water
to be used for Polavaram," Revenue and Disaster Management
Minister S N Patro said, threatening to intensify the
anti-Polavaram stir and take it beyond the state`s boundaries.
Charging the Centre with adopting double standards, the
BJD leaders said on the one hand the Congress-led UPA stalled
projects like Vedanta and Posco in Orissa under the garb of
forest and environment laws, on the other it flouted all norms
while clearing Polavaram.