Odisha forum wants detailed survey of areas to be affected by Polavaram project

first_imgThe People’s Forum Against Polavaram asked the Odisha government on Thursday to conduct a detailed survey of areas in Malkangiri district that will be affected by the project. It also demanded the provision of land rights for tribals living in areas that are likely to be affected by the project before the conduct of public hearing on it.The PFAP is an inter-State forum of activists and organisations protesting against the Polavaram project. Its demands came up on Thursday coinciding with the Supreme Court’s directive to the Central government on public hearing. Bhala Chandra Sarangi, the convenor of PFAP, alleged that the Odisha Government is not prepared to conduct public hearings in areas feared to be affected by the Polavaram project. “Till now no detailed survey has been carried out in tribal-dominated areas and in Motu, Podia, Kalimela and Korkunda blocks in Malkangiri district for assessment of possible losses,” he said adding that there is no clear data on families and areas in Odisha that would be affected by the project. According to Mr. Sarangi, the Odisha government should immediately start grass-roots level survey of the areas to be affected so that when the Supreme Court orders for public hearing, the real people to be affected can voice their views.last_img

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