Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy appealed to irrigation officials to help the government in cleaning mechanism in irrigation projects. He asked them to come forward with details of instances of tendering with excess rates. He said that he would felicitate those officials who reveals the facts to save money to government exchequer. He said that the state government would call for reverse tendering immediately. He said that everyone is answerable to people and stressed the need to curb corruption.
Addressing a review meeting of irrigation department at his camp office today, the Chief Minister said everyone knows several scams took place in irrigation tenders in the past five years and the works were allotted for higher prices. He said a third party enquiry would be conducted all the irrigation projects where irregularities took place and the state government would go for reverse tendering to save money.
The Chief Minister stressed the need for saving Godavari waters as nearly 2000 tmcft of Godavari flood water going waste during rainy season. He asked the officials to come out with proposals to divert the Godavari waters to the available reservoirs like Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and other available reservoirs. He said the Polavaram project could store only 200 tmcft of water. The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare a report on priority projects for each district.
When the officials explained on the on-going projects in each district, the Chief Minister enquired about their present status and money needed for their early completion. He stressed the need for cutting down rates and asked the officials to prepare plans as per the decision of the govt. He stressed the need for reviving Buckingham canal to divert Godavari water and asked the officials prepare necessary proposals.
The Chief Minister said that several people complained about pollution of drinking water during his padayatra in both the Godavari districts. He directed the officials to consider supplying drinking water through pipelines to prevent pollution as number of tanks are getting polluted due to increasing Aquaculture.