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AP Cabinet to review, speed up Polavaram project works

Ch RS Sarma Vijayawada | Updated on January 09, 2018

An aerial view of Polavaram project (file photo)

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet will review the pace of project works at Polavaram and initiate steps in accordance with Section 60C of the contract to expedite them, according to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

He made the remark at the weekly review meeting of the 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) Ltd, is unable to execute the works at the desired pace. A notice has been served on the company under Clause 60C 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 escalate the project cost and cause further delays 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 government had not yet received from the Centrethe ₹1,000 crore it had spent on the project. Polavaram was declared a national irrigation project in the AP Bifurcation Act, 2014. It is a prestigious project, often described as the lifeline for AP after the bifurcation of the State.

Published on October 30, 2017

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