Orissa to apprise SC on violation of FRA, EPA in Polavaram dam

Orissa government was planning to apprise the Apex Court of a violation of Forest Rights Act and Environment Protection Act.

Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 13:44 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With the Supreme Court
refusing to stay construction of Polavaram project in
neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Orissa government was planning to
apprise the Apex Court of a violation of Forest Rights Act
and Environment Protection Act.

"The state government will apprise the Supreme Court
about violations of EPA and FRA due to Polavaram project. The
state government will also set up a team of engineers to
inspect the project site along with the experts appointed by
the apex court," Water Resource secretary S C Mohapatra said.

Besides violation of EPA and FRA, the project also
violated the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal order, Mohapatra
claimed.

The tribunal had earlier observed that Polavaram
project in AP was likely to submerge certain villages in
Orissa, he said.

The apex court earlier this week had rejected the
Orissa government`s prayer to grant stay on the Polavaram dam
construction.

While refusing to grant stay order, the SC has
directed former member of the Central Water Commission (CWC) M
Gopalakrishnan to inspect the Polavaram project along with CWC
and submit separate reports.

The Orissa government had challenged the Centre`s
decision to give final environmental clerance to Polavaram
project in the Supreme Court.

PTI