States Oppose Interlinking od Rivers

Moderator's Note: It is noteworthy that Kerela State Assembly and West Bengal Government has opposed Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) from the very outset.

The Orissa government has objected to the construction of the Polavaram project(part of the ILR project). The Orissa Chief Minister in his letter to theCentral Water Commission says, its clearance was "fraudulent".

The Orissa ChiefMinister wrote to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister opposing Andhra’s unilateraldecision. Andhra seems to be reaping the benefits of a friendly government atthe centre.The National Water Development Agency on the 174 KM Polavarm link, is availableat the following linkhttp://nwda.gov.in/index3.asp?sublink2id=12

Chapter 14 of the report deals with the ecological impact of the project thatentails Polavaram -linking Godavari and Krishna.

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Tamil Nadu, Kerala disagree on river linking

Pamba-Achencoil-Vaippar link proposal may be “permanently deleted”

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu and Kerala on 4th July disagreed on thePamba-Achenkoil-Vaippar river link between the States at the annual generalmeeting of the National Water Development Agency here chaired by Union WaterResources Minister Saifuddin Soz.

While Mr. Soz assured the members that the river-linking programme was “on,” butcould be implemented only with consensus among the States concerned, KeralaWater Resources Minister N. K. Premachandran said the Pamba-Achencoil-Vaipparlink proposal may be “permanently deleted” from the peninsular developmentcomponent.Tamil Nadu Vice-Chairman of the Cauvery Technical Cell D. Hari Ram, however,urged the Centre to take up the link as a “priority”.He sought to know if the Centre had had any talks with Kerala on speeding up thematter.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had, in a letter to Prime MinisterManmohan Singh on June 30, requested him to convene a meeting of Chief Ministersof States involved in implementation of interlinking of the peninsular rivers.He had urged the Prime Minister to declare the river-linking project a “nationalproject.”

The Tamil Nadu government had also written to the Chief Ministers of peninsularStates, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,Kerala, Maharashtra and Puducherry, for a meeting on interlinking of rivers inthe peninsular region, which could be hosted by Tamil Nadu.Responding to Tamil Nadu at the meeting, Mr. Premachandran said water was aState subject and the State legislature, “expressing the unanimous will of thepeople”, had passed a resolution on September 6, 2003, against the link. “TheKerala Government has already communicated our strong reservations on the linkto the NWDA in September, 2003 itself.”

Reviewing the progress of the NWDA, Mr. Soz said the Detailed Project Report ofthe Ken-Betwa link between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh was expected to becompleted in 2008.

Draft MoUs sent

Draft MoUs had been sent to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on theParbati-Kalisindh-Chambal link; to Gujarat and Maharashtra for theNarmada-Par-Tapi link; and to Gujarat and Maharashtra for the Damanganga-Pinjallink.According to the Minister, a meeting of the Consensus Group for discussing thetechnical details of the Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijaywada) link had beenheld between Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.The views of the Andhra Pradesh Government were awaited.

The HinduModerator's Note: It is noteworthy that Kerela State Assembly and West Bengal Government has opposed Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) from the very outset.

The Orissa government has objected to the construction of the Polavaram project(part of the ILR project). The Orissa Chief Minister in his letter to theCentral Water Commission says, its clearance was "fraudulent".

The Orissa ChiefMinister wrote to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister opposing Andhra’s unilateraldecision. Andhra seems to be reaping the benefits of a friendly government atthe centre.The National Water Development Agency on the 174 KM Polavarm link, is availableat the following linkhttp://nwda.gov.in/index3.asp?sublink2id=12

Chapter 14 of the report deals with the ecological impact of the project thatentails Polavaram -linking Godavari and Krishna.

Moderator


Tamil Nadu, Kerala disagree on river linking

Pamba-Achencoil-Vaippar link proposal may be “permanently deleted”

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu and Kerala on 4th July disagreed on thePamba-Achenkoil-Vaippar river link between the States at the annual generalmeeting of the National Water Development Agency here chaired by Union WaterResources Minister Saifuddin Soz.

While Mr. Soz assured the members that the river-linking programme was “on,” butcould be implemented only with consensus among the States concerned, KeralaWater Resources Minister N. K. Premachandran said the Pamba-Achencoil-Vaipparlink proposal may be “permanently deleted” from the peninsular developmentcomponent.Tamil Nadu Vice-Chairman of the Cauvery Technical Cell D. Hari Ram, however,urged the Centre to take up the link as a “priority”.He sought to know if the Centre had had any talks with Kerala on speeding up thematter.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had, in a letter to Prime MinisterManmohan Singh on June 30, requested him to convene a meeting of Chief Ministersof States involved in implementation of interlinking of the peninsular rivers.He had urged the Prime Minister to declare the river-linking project a “nationalproject.”

The Tamil Nadu government had also written to the Chief Ministers of peninsularStates, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,Kerala, Maharashtra and Puducherry, for a meeting on interlinking of rivers inthe peninsular region, which could be hosted by Tamil Nadu.Responding to Tamil Nadu at the meeting, Mr. Premachandran said water was aState subject and the State legislature, “expressing the unanimous will of thepeople”, had passed a resolution on September 6, 2003, against the link. “TheKerala Government has already communicated our strong reservations on the linkto the NWDA in September, 2003 itself.”

Reviewing the progress of the NWDA, Mr. Soz said the Detailed Project Report ofthe Ken-Betwa link between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh was expected to becompleted in 2008.

Draft MoUs sent

Draft MoUs had been sent to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on theParbati-Kalisindh-Chambal link; to Gujarat and Maharashtra for theNarmada-Par-Tapi link; and to Gujarat and Maharashtra for the Damanganga-Pinjallink.According to the Minister, a meeting of the Consensus Group for discussing thetechnical details of the Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijaywada) link had beenheld between Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.The views of the Andhra Pradesh Government were awaited.

The Hindu

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Gopal Krishna said…
Note: Polavaram dam, also known as the Indira Sagar project was opposed by Chhattisgarh, Orissa and the citizen groups. This project was part of the Interlinking of Rivers project.

The Orissa Chief Minister wrote to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister opposing Andhra’s unilateral decision. The project proponents seemed to be reaping the benefits of a friendly government at the centre.

The National Water Development Agency on the 174 KM Polavarm link, is available at the following link http://nwda.gov.in/index3.asp?sublink2id=12

Chapter 14 of the report deals with the ecological impact of the project that entails Polavaram -linking Godavari and Krishna.

The order that quashed the Environment Ministry's clearance to the project in 2005 was passed by the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) comprising J.C Kala, I.V. Manivannan and Kaushlendra Prasad.

Before this historic decision of NEAA, the Orissa Chief Minister in his letter to the Central Water Commission wrote that the environmental clearance to Polavaram project was "fraudulent"..

NEAA was established to hear appeals against orders granting environmental clearance. The Authority was established vide notification on 9th April, 1997 after the enactment of the National Environment Appellate Authority Act,1997.

In theory, the Authority comprises of a Chairperson (former judge of the Supreme Court), Vice-chairperson (former Secretary to the Govt. of India), and up to-three members.

The Authority is supposed to be a mechanism independent of the Ministry of environment & Forests to deal with appeals against environmental clearance decisions.

The class of persons, who have the right to appeal to the Appellate Authority includes

(i) any person who is likely to be affected by the grant of environmental clearance;

(ii) any person who owns or has control over the project with respect to which an application has been submitted for environmental clearance;

(iii) any association of persons (whether incorporated or not) likely to be affected by such order an functioning in the field of environment;

(iv) the Central Government, where the environmental clearance is granted by the State Government; and the State Government where the environmental clearance is granted by the Central Government; and

(v) the concerned local authorities.

The Authority is not bound by the procedure laid down in the Code of Civil Procedure and is supposed to be guided by the principles of natural justice. The Authority enjoys the powers vested in a Civil court. The National Environment Appellate authority is a very important initiative in our quest for sustainable development and the preservation of our ecology and natural resources. It is meant to provide a greater voice to citizens in the adjudication of matters pertaining to the environment.

Before the quashing of the environmental clearance given to the Rs 12,591 crore project, NEAA has been struggling for last 10 years to justify its reason for existence.

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