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Panel expresses satisfaction over progress of works

Panel expresses satisfaction over progress of works
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Central Water Commission (CWC) and Expert Committee (Polavaram Project) Chairman  Syed Masood Husain said that the pace of progress of works relating to Polavaram Project was satisfactory and underlined the need to further speed up the works to achieve the targets.

Rajamahendravaram: Central Water Commission (CWC) and Expert Committee (Polavaram Project) Chairman Syed Masood Husain said that the pace of progress of works relating to Polavaram Project was satisfactory and underlined the need to further speed up the works to achieve the targets.

A nine-member committee headed by him inspected the progress of Polavaram Project works for two days and reviewed various issues relating to land acquisition and relief and rehabilitation package with the officials here on Saturday. Later, speaking to reporters, he said they inspected the works last in October 2017. When compared to their last visit, the works have gathered pace now, he pointed out.

Officials gave clarification about escalation of compensation amount relating to relief and rehabilitation works as well as land acquisition. After going through the reports submitted by the officials the committee will take a suitable action. Later, Minister for Water Resources Department (WRD) Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao said total 54.4 per cent of works of Polavaram Project were completed. He pointed out that 91 per cent of right main canal works, 59.6 per cent of left main canal Works and 41.2 per cent of head works of Polavaram Project have been completed.

He also said that 70 per cent of earth works of spillway, 16 per cent of concrete works of spillway and channel, 72.9 per cent construction of diaphragm wall and 58 per cent of radial gates fabrication were completed. The expert committee inspected the progress of ongoing works and expressed satisfaction and gave some suggestions. The officials were directed to complete the construction of gates before December 2018. During the Congress rule, lining work was done to the canals in villages only, he pointed out. National Geographic Channel was also asked to make a good documentary on Polavaram Project which is the modern temple of the country.

The Congress government closed tenders of spillway and earth-cum-rockfill dam and later invited as one tender merging all the works and allotted them to Transstroy Company in 2013. Later, TDP government in June 2014, rectified the lapses. The revised cost of relief and rehabilitation is Rs 58,000 crore. The Minister also pointed out that Chef Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited the project site 23 times and also made virtual inspections 53 times.

Earlier, Expert Committee members RK Pachauri, Anil Jain, GL Bansal, Chitra Raja Ratnam, SK Halder, AK Pradhan, D Ranga Reddy, WRD Principal Secretary Sasi Bhushan, Engineer-in-Chief MV Rao, Collector Karthikeya Misra and others were present at the review meeting.

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