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Jual Oram urged to exert pressure on AP to stop Polavaram project

Bhubaneswar: ST and SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Minister Ramesh Majhi today urged Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram to exert pressure on the Andhra Pradesh Government to immediately halt the ongoing Polavaram dam construction work.

Majhi wrote a letter to Oram highlighting the urgency of immediate halt of the ongoing project.

Claiming that the Polavaram project is being constructed in gross violation of the existing norms, Majhi said nearly 6,818 people are going to be adversely affected, out of which 5916 are tribals.

Besides, 7,656 hectares of cultivable land, 10 small human habitats, 25 big human habitats and 15 revenue villages will be submerged due to the proposed project, Majhi said.

Majhi said Oram's statement in Rajya Sabha on January 4 last year and his interview to Outlook Magazine relating to the multi-purpose Polavaram project on June 8, 2014 are self contradicting.

'I fervently request you to resolve this Polavaram dispute keeping in view the larger interests of the tribals of Odisha since we both belong to the tribal community and have been elected by the people to serve and protect them,' said Majhi.

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