Telangana Government files an affidavit objecting Polavaram project
Fueling the election rivalry between the two Telugu states, Telangana has now approached the Supreme Court yet again raising objections with the current design of Polavaram project, the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh. The Government of Telangana which gave a go to the project during the state bifurcation has however filed an affidavit in the High Court on Tuesday that the project’s design was changed.
The State General Administration Department principal secretary Ramakrishna Rao has filed an affidavit on behalf of Telangana government which is speculated to be a response to the petition filed by Senior Congress leader and Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy. In the affidavit filed, the Telangana government specified that the project design is not even close to the one which received environmental clearance in 2005.
The project is now being constructed to store 50 lakh cusecs which were against the design which got approval design with 30 lakh cusecs capacity. The State government made an appeal to the Supreme Court to direct AP to take a fresh environmental clearance for the new design and to allocate its share from Pattiseema.
On the other hand, the Telangana government proposed to declare Kaleshwaram, Palamuru-Rangareddy projects as national projects and to sanction a national project like Polavaram for their state also. The affidavit also requested for the speedy resolution of the pending issues between the states.