Fear of submergence haunts Kurturu, a village nestled in the Papi hills of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh.

In 2005, a band of officials, an unusual sight in this remote village in West Godavari district, visited the place and marked a rock.

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre is reported to have taken a stand that the Andhra Pradesh Government cannot go ahead with the Polavaram dam without consent from Orissa and Chhattisgarh governments.

Centre had recently granted environment and forest clearances to the Polavaram project despite strong protest from the State Government.

The clearances had, however, come with conditions.

Hyderabad Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday warned Uttrakhand of central intervention if the state government fails to take action against illegal sand mining in the state.

Ramesh slammed the Uttarakhand government for its inaction against the illegal sand mining in the state and said that sending show-cause or closure notices to the state would be Centre

Bhubaneswar: With a view to expanding irrigation coverage to additional three lakh hectares of land, the Odisha government has planned to invest Rs 12,000 crore during the next three years on major and medium projects, said principal secretary, water resources department, Suresh Mohapatra.

Briefing newsmen here Mohapatra said that the thrust is now to complete the ongoing 12 medium and eight ma

The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday directed the irrigation officials to prepare a comprehensive report on the status of Indira Sagar Polavaram Project and Dr BR Ambedkar Pranahitha-Chevella Sujala Sravanthi.

The Chief Minister held a detailed review on the two irrigation projects with the minister, Mr Sudarshan Reddy, and senior department officials.

The Andhra Pradesh government lied to obtain forest clearance for the Polavaram dam on the Godavari; it said there were no forest rights claimants in the dam’s submergence zone. Down To Earth visited the villages denied forest rights and found the state had indeed lied.

The Planning Commission on Friday approved the state government

Jairam Ramesh It is for the government of Orissa to meet the legal rules if the mammoth Posco steel project is to be cleared by him, said Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh.

A day ahead of a meeting with Orisa chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who reiterated that project clearance is vital for both state and nation, Ramesh said:

BHUBANESWAR: The Supreme Court refusal to grant stay on the construction of the Polavaram irrigation project has exposed the State Government, said Utkal Bharat president Kharabela Swain here today.

Addressing a media conference, Swain said Polavaram project was never a threat to the State and this was clarified by his party earlier.

Bhubaneswar: In a setback to the Odisha government, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected its plea to stay construction of the controversial multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project on river Godavari by Andhra Pradesh.

A Bench headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma directed former Central Water Commission (CWC) member M Gopalakrishnan to inspect the project along with the present CWC members and