Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: The Polavaram multi-purpose project which is proposed to be implemented by the Andhra Pradesh Government on Godavari is going to submerge a substantial area of Orissa's Malkangiri district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the State Assembly on Monday.

Replying to a discussion on the project to which his Government has been opposing for quite some time, Mr. Patnaik said his observations were based on the calculation done on the data furnished by the Andhra Pradesh Government.

Revocation of clearance

The Chief Minister said that he had taken up the matter with the Centre seeking revocation of the clearance since it had been issued in violation of the provisions of the existing rules.

After Mr. Patnaik's reply, the House passed a resolution unanimously recommending that the State Government should take all possible measures to ensure revocation of the environmental clearance given to the project.