Sunday, November 21, 2010

'Polavaram project to serve capitalists'

PTI First Published : 21 Nov 2010 09:40:29 PM IST
BHUBANESWAR: Giving a new twist to the Polavaram controversy, Maoist ideologue and poet V V Rao today claimed that multi-purpose project was aimed to feed water to industries than irrigating land in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
"Polavaram project is being set up by Andhra Pradesh government to feed water to 23 industries for which MoUs are signed by the state government." Rao told reporters at the sideline of a meeting here.
Claiming that about three lakh people of 304 villages in Andhra Pradesh's Khamam and Godavari districts would be adversely affected by Polavaram project, Rao rejected the state government's claim that it would irrigate about 80,000 acre of land in coastal region.
"They (Andhra Pradesh govt) had already set up an industrial corridor in coastal region which required a huge quantity of water for their daily consumption," he said claiming "that late chief minister YSR Reddy had planned Polavaram project to meet the interests of corporate houses."
Stating that Maoists were opposed to Polavaram project, Rao said the dam over river river Godavari "would also affect tribal villages in Orissa and Chhattisgarh."
The revolutionary poet also accused "the governments both at the Centre and the state of working at the behest of corporate houses and not for the common man."
"All political parties participating in elections are working for corporate houses," he alleged.

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