Raipur, Mar 18: The Chhattisgarh Assembly today passed a non-official resolution urging the Centre to ensure that the maximum submergence level of Indira Sagar Polavaram dam, being built across Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh, does not exceed 150 feet.
Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi proposed the resolution. The dam is coming up on the border of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Jogi said an increase in its height will submerge several tribal-dominated villages in Konta region of Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh Water Resources Minister Brijmohan Agrawal had earlier assured that the state government would safeguard the interests of people of Chhattisgarh, Jogi said. Jogi also accused the BJP government of giving step-motherly treatment to Bastar.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar said earlier that as the Polavaram issue had already been discussed in the House, it may not be taken up for discussion again.
But the Speaker rejected the Minister's request. MLAs from Bastar region supported the resolution. Chandrakar said the Chhattisgarh Government had already filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court, apart from the writ petition filed by Chhattisgarh State Environment Conservation Board with regard to the project.
The issue should not be politicised, he said, and said the resolution should be passed unanimously. After discussion, the non-official resolution was passed unanimously in the House.