BJP Govt revives hope of solution on Polavaram dam
   Date :19-Jun-2024

Polavaram dam 
Our Correspondent
The opposition to the Polavaram Dam, which will submerge a large part of Sukma and Malkangiri districts, has so far not received much attention. However, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Governments now in power in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and at the Centre, and the Government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chandrababu Naidu, having alliance with Modi Government at the Centre, there is renewed confidence that with this fourth engine in place, the remaining 30 per cent construction of the dam will be completed, taking into account the interests of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
According to an expert Vinod Singh, a water dispute agreement was inked between the Governments of undivided Madhya Pradesh and the then Andhra Pradesh in regards to the Indira Sagar (Polavaram) interstate project in Andhra Pradesh. According to the agreement, the height of the dam was to be 150 feet but later the height of the dam was increased to 177 feet. This increase will adversely affect the people of the Konta area in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, as well as the people of Malkangiri district in Odisha.
BJP State President Kiran Singh Deo said that efforts are being made to arrange a meeting between the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh with central leaders to address the height of the dam and save the areas coming under submergence for protecting the interests of both affected states. The BJP leaders are serious about the issue. So far, a total of seven petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court regarding the matter. About 1389 hectares of land in 12 villages of Sukma district is getting submerged and 2,519 houses will be affected. The backwater of Godavari River has been said to be the reason for this. The last meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Central Water Commission on October 7, 2022.