Naidu Keen On Completing Polavaram Project Fast
Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minster N. Chandrababu Naidu appears to be keen on completing the Polavaram project by 2019. The statistics he presented at Mahanadu, a three-day annual meet of the TDP being held in Visakhapatnam, lend credence to his interest in the project.
He said his government was striving hard to release water by gravity into the canals by next year itself. Stating that the project would come in useful to the people of Rayalaseema and Krishna delta, he said the project was accorded top priority by his government.
At the request of the TDP government, Prime Minster Narendra Modi agreed to declare it as a national project, he said. The PM kept the project on the fast track mode enabling the State to use NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) funds, Chandrababu Naidu claimed. “At my instance, the Centre agreed to include seven mandals of Telangana in the newly formed AP in order to complete the project,” he claimed.
Giving the details at Mahanadu, he stated he was either visiting the project site or reviewing the construction works from Amravati, given the significance attached to the project. He claimed that he visited the site 16 times and reviewed 26 times from the Capital. Of the total 48 gates, erection of 16 gates was completed. Earth works, construction of coffer dam, concrete works were on the fast pace. The work could be seen online if anyone wanted to.
Earlier, Emmiganur MLA Jayanageswara Reddy proposed a resolution appreciating the efforts of the CM towards completing the project on time. While seconding the resolution, Pithapuram MLA SVSN Varma slammed the YSRCP leader Jagan Mohan Reddy for the latter’s alleged conspiracy in stalling the project.
Interestingly, a senior worker Rattayya instantly removed gold ornaments from his body and presented to the CM as his contribution towards construction of the Polavaram project. The CM and other dignitaries on the dais were moved by the selfless act of the worker.