Union Minister of Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari, said that there is no dearth of funds for the construction of Polavaram Project in Andhra Pradesh. He said despite facing several problems the Centre is all committed to complete the Project by its scheduled time frame. Adding that the construction works of the Project have been speeded up, he said, acquisition of land for the project is one of the biggest challenges.
The Union Minister, today conducted an aerial survey of the Polavaram Project and visited the Dam site accompanied by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, and reviewed the physical progress of the project including the spillway works and enquired the technology being used, with the officials and contracting agencies.
Stating that politics never take precedence over development, the Union Minister suggested, the State government to give top priority in rendering relief and rehabilitation works in the affected tribal areas of the Project.
Gadkari affirmed that the Centre is committed to sanction the required funds conforming to the new Land Acquisition Act. He said the Project cost has climbed up to Rs 60,000 crore, of which half of the amount is going in for land acquisition only.
The Union Minister assured the State government that he would visit the Dam site every month to review the progress. Gadkari said as a farmer he is aware how preciousness the water is. He said the project officials have told him that civil works would be completed by April 2019, but he insisted them to make it by February next.
This is Gadkari’s second visit to the Polavaram Dam site since October last. Recognising the importance of Polavaram project, the Centre had declared it as a national project.
Speaking earlier, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu described the Polavaram Project as the lifeline of the state. He said works related to the diaphragm wall of the project has been completed, besides a total of 26 lakh cubic meters of concrete works.
The Chief Minister said even though the cost of the land being acquired has increased hugely the state government is striving hard to complete the Polavaram Project at any cost.