A delegation of the State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders met Union Minister for Water Resources, Gajendra Singh Shekawat, in the national capital and submitted a representation seeking early completion of the Polavaram Project. The AP BJP leadership had visited the project site recently and met the minister with a representation.
AP BJP chief Kanna Lakshminarayana, led the delegation which included former Union Minister Y S Chowdary, Rajya Sabha member G V L Narasimha Rao, AP BJP incharge Sunil Dheodar, MLCs Somu Veerraju, P V N Madhav and Vakati Narayana Reddy, senior leaders Kilaru Dileep, K V Lakshmipathi Raja and others.
The BJP leaders requested the Union Minister to release funds for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the project displaced families at the earliest. They also wanted the government to shift the headquarters of the Polavaram Project Authority from Hyderabad to Vijayawada or Kovvur in West Godavari district, which is close to the project site. The delegation also requested the Union Minister to name the project after former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
The BJP delegation also requested the Union Minister to send some senior officials from the Central government on deputy to monitor the Polavaram Project works. They requested the Minister to increase coordination with the State government in the project construction.
Responding to this, the Union Minister said that they have no information from the State government on the present status of the project, besides the reverse tendering. He said that they have written a letter to the State to send a status report and also detailed report on the reverse tendering. “We are waiting for the report from the State government,” the Union Minister said.
The State government claimed that it had earned a little over Rs 870 crore in the reverse tendering for just two packages in the project and is getting ready for the reverse tendering in other packages. The State government claims that it would save at least Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 3,000 crore in the reverse tendering process of the prestigious project.