Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu is positive about the completion of Polavaram Irrigation Project by year 2018. The CM made a statement at Polavaram in West Godavari district on Tuesday, confirming that State government had spent Rs. 2,200 crore on the project so far, whereas the Central government’s contribution was a mere Rs. 369 crore.
“There is an immediate need to chalk out an action plan to complete the works on a war-footing. Completing the left canal works is the need of the hour,” Mr. Naidu said to the media while reviewing Polavaram’s status with officials and elected representatives. He was also accompanied by Water Resources Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao. The CM made a swift tour and addressed the review meeting, where he said that henceforth Polavaram progress will be reviewed every month and asked the officials to submit detailed reports from time to time. “Similarly, you can bring the issues such requirement of funds and machinery to my notice, so that the issues can be discussed in the Cabinet and decisions can be taken instantly,” he said, while speaking to the media.
The CM also clarified queries surrounding relocation of villagers from the project site. He said that rehabilitation was provided only to the residents of four out of seven villages. “Residents of Ramayyapeta, Chegondipalli and Pydipaka have to be relocated to the rehabilitation colonies at the earliest. The relocation will help us speeding up the project works,” he said.
The Chief Minister also asked the district Collector K. Bhaskar to mark 400 acres near the project site for creating a dumping yard and conveyed that Collectors of both the Godavari districts, officials of the Irrigation Department and representatives of the contracting firms should attend the review meetings diligently from the next month on wards. “Don’t hesitate to bring the issues at the project site to my notice. We can take the help of the Centre to sort out problems pertaining to project design,” he said.
While on the tour, the CM also inspected the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation project and participated in Godavari Harathi program, before addressing a public meeting. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Pattiseema project will be completed by March 2016.
“The first phase of the project has saved standing crop worth Rs. 2,400 crore in the Krishna delta. This is possible only because of the support rendered by farmers here,” he said. CM added that interlinking of rivers was the only solution to protect the State from future drought. Officials at the project site informed Mr. Naidu that 74 per cent of the works were already completed and the balance works would be completed within three months from now.