Perspectives on Polavaram: A Major Irrigation Project of Godavari

Perspectives on Polavaram: A Major Irrigation Project of Godavari

By: Vinod Goud (editor), Biksham Gujja (editor), S. Ramakrishna (editor)Paperback

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The proposed Polavaram dam, located in Godavari delta, is part of the major irrigation expansion programme of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, which includes 26 projects with an outlay of Rs. 46,000 crores ($10 billion). Controversies around major water infrastructure projects are not new in India, Polavaram being no exception. As river disputes in India are bound to take centre stage of national politics, and environmental issues are set to dominate public agenda in coming years, Polavaram project is sure to engage the attention of both common man and intellectuals/activists. ""Perspectives on Polavaram"" provides a platform to articulate diverse views on this mega irrigation project. This book is an effort to establish an informed dialogue on Polavaram based on mutual respect. Comprising contributions by eminent people from a wide cross section of the society and representing different interest groups, this 'first of its kind' publication attempts to bring together various perspectives on the Polavaram project.

About Author

Biksham Gujja is a policy Advisor of Global Freshwater Programme at WWF International, Gland, Switzerland. S. Ramakrishna is a Freelance Journalist based at Hyderabad and former chief reporter of Indian Express daily. Vinod Goud is the Project Coordinator of WWF International - ICRISAT Project ""Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment"" in India. Sivaramakrishna is head of NGO, SAKTHI, an environmental activist group working in Andhra Pradesh. Ponnala Lakshmaiah: Minister for Major Irrigation, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Satish Chandra, IAS: Secretary, Major Irrigation and Command Area Development and In-Charge of Polavaram project in Government of Andhra Pradesh. Sana Maruthi: Telugu Desam Party MLA from Choppadandi, and former chief engineer in Irrigation Department. He represented TDP at all-party meetings on ""Jala Yagnam"" conducted by the government. B.V. Raghavulu: CPM Politburo member and State Secretary. He is leading CPM agitation against Polavaram project in Khammam district. Kolli Nageshwara Rao: Senior CPI leader and president of Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham. He some time ago led an agitation for completion of irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh. N.V.S.S. Prabhakar: BJP state secretary, party's representative in government discussion on irrigation projects. V. Prakash is a Spokesperson and General Secretary of Telangana Rastra Samithi party, Andhra Pradesh. Vemulapalli Venkatramaiah: Senior CPI (ML) New Democracy leader. He is writing on Polavaram project related issues. Biksham Gujja is a Policy, Adviser, Global Freshwater Programme, WWF-International, Gland, Switzerland and also Visiting Scientist and head of WWF-ICRISAT Dialogue Project, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh. Vinod Goud: Project Coordinator and Visiting Scientist, WWF-ICRISAT Dialogue Project, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh. Sraban Kumar Dalai: GIS Coordinator, WWF-ICRISAT Dialogue Project, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh. T. Hanumantha Rao: Former engineer-in-chief, Andhra Pradesh Government and consultant to United Nations (OPS & IFAD, Rome), Hyderabad. R. Vidyasagar Rao: Former member of Central Water Commission and author of Neellu-Nizaalu, a Telugu book on irrigation issues in Andhra Pradesh. M. Dharma Rao: Former chief engineer, Government of Andhra Pradesh, president of Vivekananda Seva Samithi (Vikasa) and director of Society for Natural Resources and Rural Development. T. Shivaji Rao: Director of Centre for Environmental Sciences, Gitam College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam. Cherukuri Veeraiah: Former chief engineer, Government of Andhra Pradesh; President of Dr. K. Sriramakrishnaiah Smaraka Seva Samithi, Hyderabad. S. Subrahmanyam: Faculty at Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. He writes on economic affairs. P. Padmanabha Rao: Faculty at Centre for Economic Studies (CESS), Hyderabad and he writes about geographical issues. He toured Polavaram submergence area. M.L.K. Murthy: Former archaeology professor at Hyderabad Central University. He toured Polavaram submergence area a few years ago. Now he is Director of Centre for Indigeneous Peoples Initiative. G.P. Shukla: Retired IFS official. He has done a study on assessment on reported loss of forest due to submergence in the Polavaram project and related issues. T. Vijayan: A senior journalist with Down To Earth, environmental magazine from New Delhi. K. Balagopal: General Secretary, Human Rights Forum, Hyderabad and activist on Polavaram displacement issues. M. Kodandaram: Professor in Osmania University and activist on Polavaram displacement issues. A.C. Omkar: Geography scholar and activist on displacement issues. J.P. Rao: Associate Professor in Osmania University and activist in movement against Polavaram project. Sivaramakrishna: Director of Sakti, an organisation working for tribal rights. Now he is associated with Polavaram displacement issues. Rebbapragada Ravi: Director of Samata, an organisation working for tribal rights in agency areas. An activist on Polavaram displacement concerns. Patrik Osskarsson: Activist on Polavaram project issues. His article is part of a study done for Samata. P. Trinadha Rao: A tribal rights activist. Presently he is writing on issues concerning Polavaram project and submergence. K.G. Kannabiran: Senior lawyer and president of People's Union for Civil Liberties. He appeared in a case against Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh High Court. J. Ramachandra Rao: Lawyer and activist on social issues. He appeared in a case on Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh High Court and secured stay on the project works on April 28, from the Supreme Court empowered committee. Nagendranath Yerneni: President of farmers of Krishna delta; an activist against Polavaram project in its present form. Venkat Naagesh is an Environmental Activist having special interest on wildlife and community conservation initiatives in Andhra Pradesh. S. Ramakrishna: Former chief reporter of Indian Express daily and a freelance journalist from Hyderabad. He is one of the editors of this book and currently working on displacement and HIV related issues. Sulata De: A freelance journalist from Bhubaneswar and social activist. B.D. Sharma: Former Commissioner of National SC/ST Commission. He filed a case before the Supreme Court against Polavaram project on behalf of the people of Chhattisgarh.


List of Tables, Figures and Boxes; Foreword by Professor C.H. Hanumantha Rao; Acronyms; Introduction; GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVES; 1. Project - A Historical Necessity; Ponnala Lakshmaiah; 2. Doubts Unfounded; Satish Chandra; POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES; 3. Why Such Big Canals?; Sana Maruthi; 4. A Thorough Review Needed; B.V. Raghavulu; 5. Integral to State's Good; Kolli Nageshwara Rao; 6. Doubts to be Cleared; N.V.S.S. Prabhakar; 7. Danger to Telangana. V. Prakash; 8. An Answer to Drought; Vemulapalli Venkatramaiah; TECHNICAL/EXPERT PERSPECTIVES; 9. Polavaram Irrigation Project: Costs Exceed Benefits; Biksham Gujja, Vinod Goud and Sraban Kumar Dalai; 10. Hydrologically Sound?; T. Hanumantha Rao; 11. Violation of Norms; R. Vidyasagar Rao; 12. Alternatives Unexplored; M. Dharma Rao; 13. Dam Break Threat, Uncared; T. Shivaji Rao; 14. Good for Farmers; Cherukuri Veeraiah; 15. Benefits Too Narrow; S. Subrahmanyam; 16. Rehabilitation, Big Task; P. Padmanabha Rao; 17. Costly Mistake!; M.L.K. Murthy; 18. Forests are the Most Affected; G.P. Shukla; 19. Rivers Should Flow; T. Vijayan; CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES; 20. Tribals' Misery; K. Balagopal; 21. Problem, But an Answer?; M. Kodandaram and A.C. Omkar; 22. Constitution Violated; J.P. Rao; 23. Resources Must be Shared; Sivaramakrishna; 24. Tribals Not Consulted; Rebbapragada Ravi and Patrik Osskarsson; 25. Tribals Rights Bypassed; P. Trinadha Rao; LEGAL PERSPECTIVES; 26. Tenth Schedule Trespassed; K.G. Kannabiran; 27. Multiple Misery; J. Ramachandra Rao; AFFECTED PEOPLE PERSPECTIVES; 28. Adivasis Ignored; Porata Samithi; 29. Modifications Needed; Nagendranath Yerneni and Venkat Naagesh; 30. Fishing Rights May Miss Tribals; S. Ramakrishna; 31. Opinion Makers; INTERSTATE PERSPECTIVES; 32. Orissa's Woe; Sulata De; 33. Chhattisgarh Not Consulted; B.D. Sharma; 34. Conclusions and Way Forward.

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  • Number Of Pages: 236
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