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Naveen to take up Pollavaram, Posco issues with PM

Annoyed over Saxena panel's adverse remarks against Vedanta and Posco projects in the state and Centre's clearance to Pollavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rushed to Delhi for drawing attention of the Prime Minister.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2010 17:06 IST

Annoyed over Saxena panel's adverse remarks against Vedanta and Posco projects in the state and Centre's clearance to Pollavaram project in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday rushed to Delhi for drawing attention of the Prime Minister.

Naveen who is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday at 11 am, would raise all the issues concerning the state, particularly on the Saxena panel's adverse remarks on Posco and Vedanta projects besides Pollavaram matter, official sources said.

"I shall be meeting the PM tomorrow and take up matters regarding the Polavaram issue and also about Posco and put forward the state's demands regarding these two matters," Patnaik told reporters before boarding a flight to the national capital.

Worried over the Centre "ignoring" the state's views on Pollavaram project set up over Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh, the chief minister had already written letter opposing the project while the state government moved the Supreme Court over the issue.

Despite Orissa's all out efforts, the Centre accorded clearance to Pollavaram project knowing it well that it would submerge tribal villages, a senior official at the Water Resource development department said.