AP CM sets deadlines for Polavaram work

  • No problem of funds; delay won’t be tolerated

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has sent a strong message that he would not tolerate any kind of laxity among officials and contractors with regard to completion of Polavaram project.

After a virtual inspection of the Polavaram project at his camp office  in Vijayawada, on Monday, the chief minister said as the construction companies have failed to reach their targets, excavation work of the spillway, spill channel and power house have been delayed. The officials have informed the chief minister that during last week, 52,000 cubic meters of soil had been excavated per day and from now onwards, 75,000 cubic meters of soil will be excavated per day. They added that an additional 30 tippers were deployed and 750 earth moving machines would be moved to take up the excavation work on a large scale.

Following the CM’s instructions last week, 20 CCTV cameras have been installed to monitor the progress of work round-the-clock. The officials informed him that the footage will be monitored from the nearby check post. Chandrababu also asked the officials to mobilize additional machinery for completing the backlog of work and suggested that the number of work hours be increased.

“The spillway excavation should be completed by January next year, spill channel excavation by May next year, powerhouse excavation by March next year,” said the CM. Gates’ design and approval should be done by this year-end, he added. Stressing there was no scarcity of funds for the Polavaram project, the CM informed the officials that funds for the pending bills worth Rs 110 crore are being released.

“I will not accept any kind of delay in the work relating to Polavaram project. If there are any problems for the contractors, officials should be consulted and focus should be laid on solving the problems,” Chandrababu told contractors Thriveni and Transstroy.

The work at the left main canal of the Polavaram project has gained pace, the officials told the CM and added that 60% of the work has been completed, which amounts to Rs 965.694 crores and that the canal will be completed by March 2018. The left main canal will irrigate an ayacut of four lakh acres — East Godavari District 2.5 lakh acres, Visakhapatnam District 1.50 lakh acres beside diversion of 23.44 TMC of water to industries in and around Visakhapatnam. The canal also provides drinking water supply to 358 villages en route the canal.

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