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Polavaram project will not stop anyways: Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati, Oct 21: The Andhra Pradesh government appears unwilling to acquiesce to Odisha's request that work  on construction of Polavaram multipurpose project be stopped forthwith till the latter's concerns were addressed.

A minister has said the state government has all the required clearances for the multi-purpose irrigation project, accorded national project status by the Centre.

'We have all the clearances and we will go ahead with the construction,' Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao asserted.

He alleged opposition parties in AP were instigating other states (a reference to Chhattisgarh and Odisha), by raising the Polavaram issue in Parliament, to get the project stalled.

On October 10, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote a letter to his AP counterpart Chandrababu Naidu requesting that the construction work of Polavaram be stopped immediately till his state's concerns were addressed.

In the letter, Patnaik said construction of Polavaram was going on at a rapid pace without correctly assessing the design, flood and backwater extent in Malkangiri district of the state. He also stated that the construction was in violation of Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal Award.

When his reaction was sought to this, the AP minister told reporters on Thursday that there was no question of stopping the construction.

'We want to complete the project by 2019,' he added.

The dam, being constructed across the Godavari river, has its reservoir spread in parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

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