Eluru, Feb 2: Andhra Pradesh minister for Water Resources Anil Kumar Yadav made it clear on Sunday that the construction of the Polavaram irrigation project across the river Godavari, would be completed by 2021.
Addressing the media, he said that the project works were moving fast and strict guidelines issued to the officials that the work should be completed at the earliest. The State Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy himself is overseeing the ongoing works of the project. The Chief Minister himself has said, that the project will be completed by 2021.
"The previous government failed to implement the R&R package. We have decided to construct around 18,000 houses for the people who will be displaced because of this project. A central government team had visited and inspected the project and gave a positive report about its progress," he added. The Minister stated that there were some funds yet to be released by NABARD for the project. He explained that out of the Rs 5,000 crore designated for the project NABARD had so far released Rs.1,800 crore only.
If the funds from the Central government were not released on time, the state government would spend the amount on its own and later would claim the same from the Central government. About 10,000 complaints had been received from the Polavaram area residents on the R&R package and an IAS officer was appointed to resolve the issues. The Minister explained that the previous government had completed only the spillway works of the Polavaram project. Of the Rs.55,000 crore allotted for the project, the TDP led government had spent only Rs.17,000 crore and claimed that they had completed 75 percent of work, he said. (UNI)