Polavaram Issue: BJD yet to decide whether to collaborate with regional parties to protest against Polavaram project


Bhubaneswar, Sept 14: Even though two regional parties – Telengana Rastra Samiti (TRS) and Chhattisgarh Janata Congress, have decided to protest against Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, the ruling BJD in Odisha which has been protesting the construction work of the project for a long time, is yet to decide to join the former for a bigger impact on the Centre on the issue.

The regional party, after coming to know about the recent development, has preferred to remain mum whether it would join hands with the two neighboring States. Similarly, TRS MP Sitaram Nayak said his party would support anyone who would come forward to oppose the dam. Chhattisgarh Janata Congress also made its stand clear inviting regional parties to prepare a joint strategy for a united fight.

It’s stated that the Telengana Water Resources minister T Harish Rao and Jogi had met together secretly and prepared blueprint for their movement. The protest is intensified gradually after Centre declared to provide all financial assistance for the construction on this project. Meanwhile, as per its earlier decision, the BJD will launch agitation in seven districts of south Odisha on September 20 and has today staged demonstration ahead of Raj Bhawan.

Notably, the Polavaram dam project , which is claimed to take India one step forward to resolving its water shortage, haunts at least three state governments, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and at least 52,000 villagers, mostly scheduled tribes, in  the 205 villages that are going to be submerged.

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