AP Government has commenced the administrative exercise to merge on war footing with the AP state all the 7 mandals of Bhadrachalam will get submerged Polavaram project in West Godavari district.
No sooner the bill was passed in either house of Parliament the process of transfer of 7 mandals into Andhra Pradesh had begun. Submerging villages in Kukkunooru, Velerupaadu and Boorgampaadu mandals are transferred to Jangareddy revenue division of West Godavari. Chintoor, Vararamachandrapuram, Koonavaram and Bhadrachalam mandals (except Bhadrachalam revenue village) were brought into the jurisdiction of Rampachodavaram Revenue division of East Godavari.
Both the collectors of East Godavari and West Godavari have issued GO’s and revenue department instructions regarding the transfer. These 7 mandals get submerged when Polavaram Project is constructed. Since it will be difficult to carry out rehabilitation works in these villages if they are in Telangana, the transfer of mandals has been on priority.
Polavaram will go down in India’s history as the largest land submergence and displacement project. ‘Apart from 65,000 hectares of forestland set to be submerged, it involves displacement of 1.7 lakh tribal population besides some villages in Odisha and Chattisgarh that come under the Godavari flow basin upstream.