Today, the foundation stone of Polavaram project’s cofferdam will be laid by the state Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu. He is all set to ensure that the project, which is being termed as the lifeline of the state is completed well within the schedule, such that they can start releasing water through gravity in 2018. Presently, he is making monthly visits to the sites in order to monitor the progress of the work.
This coffer dam is being built in order to divert the water of River Godavari through spill channels, spill ways and approach channels so as to ease the construction process of the ECRF Dam. With a base width of 137 meters, top width of 42.5m and a length of 2340 meters, this cofferdam is being designed to withstand hundred year return floods with a capacity of 28.6 lakh cusecs.
Keller India has undertaken the jet grouting of this cofferdam. During a review meeting that was held recently, the Chief Minister has directed his officials to design a beautiful bridge over the spill channel in order to promote the project as a tourist spot too. He added that it would be easier to encourage tourism around the Polavaram project as Pattiseema and Papikondalu are close enough. He suggested that a museum should also be set up at the site in order to give the visitors an idea of the progress of the project.
Sources reveal that the plans for this iconic bridge have already been completed. This will be a cable stayed bridge and would be about 1040 meters long with the pylon height being 60 meters. The bridge will have 10 spans. With its aesthetic looks and the view of water spilling from the spill way, this bridge is sure to attract a lot of tourists.
The officials involved in the project are busy keeping up with the schedule in spite of the intense heat and the rainfall. They are making efforts to meet their targets of diaphragm wall construction, earth work, stilling basin and concrete at spillway. The construction of the project’s radial gates is also nearing completion.