The State government is riding high as the new contractor, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd (Meil) started the Polavaram project work on Friday after performing Bhumi Pooja at the project site. The High Court had cleared the State government’s decision on retendering in the Polavaram Project and awarding the tender to the Meil, while withdrawing the Navayuga Group. The Navayuga had challenged the government’s decision in the court, which was dismissed by the Court upholding the State government’s decision.
The government had saved over Rs 800 crore in the retendering for the project and the new contractor, Meil, claimed that it would complete the project within the stipulated time. The government too announced that the project would be completed in the next two years, as already promised by Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. The chief minister is firm on completing the project which was started by his father. Jaganmohan Reddy wants to take the credit of completing this prestigious project before he goes for the next round of general election in 2024.
The Meil is the third contractor for this project. It was the Transtroy of former MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao which started the work initially when Y S Rajasekhar Reddy was the chief minister. However, Transtroy was later removed by Chandrababu Naidu government on the charges of delay and the Navayuga was brought in. The Navayuga worked for the project for two years and had completed the major work.
However, after Jaganmohan Reddy took over the reins on May 30, the new government had decided to review the project and go for the reverse tendering to bring down the expenditure. Accordingly, the tender given to the Navayuga was cancelled and in the retendering, the Meil quoted the lowest price, saving over Rs 800 crore to the State exchequer.
The new contractor and the government claimed that they would be able to complete the project by June 2021 and dedicate the project to the nation.