Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who visited the Polavaram Project and interacted with the displaced families blamed the government for not showing interest in the rehabilitation and resettlement of the project oustees.
The project, as the government claims, has completed 57 per cent by now, but the rehabilitation and resettlement and payment of compensation for the lands acquired is yet to be made. The government is not focusing on these core issues leaving the people to their fate. The national ST commission had already submitted its report to the Central government finding fault with the State government for not taking up the rehabilitation and resettlement, besides the compensation.
The new Land Acquisition Act of 2013 makes it mandatory for the government to complete the rehabilitation and resettlement of the project affected people. The compensation for the lands acquired too is to be made before starting the project work. But, in this case, the project works are going on with the State government spending from its own coffers while completely neglecting or ignoring the payment of compensation and taking up the rehabilitation and resettlement.
Pawan Kalyan blamed the government for the laps and wondered why the government is not focusing on this issue. The families that are removed from the project area are yet to be settled in the new colonies. The colonies constructed as part of the rehabilitation and resettlement are yet to have the basic infrastructure like drinking water and electricity. The schools and colleges are yet to be re-established here.
Though the Jana Sena chief had taken up the issue, there is not much response from the government yet. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who reviews the Polavaram project works on every Monday, had never talked about the rehabilitation and resettlement issues. It is to be seen how the Jana Sena chief would push this issue forward by the time he completes his tour in the West Godavari district and how the State government responds to him.