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AP Cabinet to review Polavaram works, expedite them

Ch RS Sarma Vijayawada | Updated on January 09, 2018

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet will meet soon to discuss the progress of the works at Polavaram irrigation project site and initiate steps in accordance with clause 60 C of the contract to expedite works, according to Chief Minister N Chandrababu NaIdu.

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet will take a decision on the proposal to change the main contractor in the mega Polavaram irrigation project on the Godavari, and the law will be followed, according to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

He was conducting the weekly review on the Polavaram project at Amaravati on Monday. A controversy is raging over the issue in the State, as it is alleged that the main contractor, Transstroy (India) Limited is unable to execute the works at the desired pace. A notice has been served on the company under the clause 60 C of the contract to expedite the project works. However, it is reported that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is not in favour of the move to change the main contractor, as it may further escalate the project cost and cause further delay in the project.

The Chief Minister said work on the diaphragm wall at the project site was progressing smoothly and he expressed satisfaction over the work done by sub-contractors, L&T and others. He said all steps would be taken to expedite works and complete the project by 2019.

State Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu said that the Andra Pradesh government had not yet received from the Union Government ₹1,000 crores it had spent on the project.

Polavaram has been declared a national irrigation project in the AP Bifurcation Act, 2014.

Published on October 30, 2017

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