By Saroj Behera
Bhubaneswsar, Dec. 1: Much to the delight of Odisha, Telangana deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari on Friday said his government was supporting the Naveen Patnaik in its fight against the Polavaram project of Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Srihari, who made a courtesy call on Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik here in the evening, announced that Telegana government stood for Odisha’s cause on the Polavaram issue.
“We have already made our stand clear… we are with Odisha government as far as Polavaram project is concerned,” said Srihari.
The Deputy CM said both “Telangana and Odisha are equal losers in Polavaram and both states share a common understanding on the issue.”
Earlier, the Odisha CM had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to allow construction of the Polavaram irrigation project until all pending issues are resolved.
Mr Patnaik said the project was taken up by the Andhra Pradesh government unilaterally much before the Central Water Commission (CWC) clearance.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Mr Patnaik had stated that if the Polavaram project was permitted to proceed, a large number of villages in Odisha belonging to Scheduled Tribes would be submerged.