Polavaram Project – the life line of Andhra Pradesh is going to set a global record today (Jan 7) by entering into Guinness Book of World Records by completing 28000 to 30000 cubic metres of concrete works. Both the project officials and state government machinery is camping at project site to witness the event. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will join them to witness the global achievement personally.
Hectic activity is seen at the project site as the irrigation officials and Navayuga company staff are busy in reaching the target to enter Guinness Book of World Record. The spill channel concrete works started at 8 am on Sunday. The representatives of Guinness Book of World record are recording the event using drone cameras.
It may be noted that the Polavaram project bagged the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) award for speedy execution of Polavaram multipurpose project and Best implementation of water resources project for better planning, implementation and monitoring. Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao received the CBIP award from Union Minister of Energy Raj Kumar Singh at Scope Convention centre at Lodhi Road in New Delhi on January 4.
Congratulating the irrigation official for achieving the prestigious award Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to complete the R&R packages on a war footing. The officials informed the Chief Minister that nearly 63.27 per cent of project works were completed so far. It may be noted that the Chief Minister visited Polavaram project to launch erection of crest gates recently.
The Chief Minister made it clear that the project would be completed by 2019 as per schedule. The state government spent Rs 15,380.97 cr towards the project so far and the central government has to release Rs 3,517.84 cr.
In a recent review meeting on Polavaram project the Chief Minister advised the irrigation officials to see that maximum area in the state should get benefit from Polavaram project. When the officials informed the Chief Minister nearly 75.38 lakh acres will get irrigation facility with the completion of Polavaram project, the Chief Minister advised the officials to prepare a report on the extent of area in each district to be benefited out of Polavaram project.
The irrigation officials said additional 32.2 lakh acres will get irrigation facility with Polavaram project in addition to stabilising 43.18 lakh acres. The project will help to supply 7.32 tmc of drinking water to Visakhapatnam and 16.12 tmc of water for industrial purposes. They said that Polavaram canals will provide drinking water to 28.5 lakh people in 540 villages in addition to supplying 5 tmc of water to Orissa and 1.5 tmc to Chattisgadh.