Sunday, December 10, 2017
The three-member State government appointed committee on the Polavaram project headed by Engineer-in-Chief M.Venkatew3ara Rao discussed the tendering process, cost escalation and outsourcing of a few packages under Section 60 C in a meeting today.
The meeting gained importance at a time when the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visiting on December 22. The State committee is learnt to have focused on the proposal to raise the height of the cofferdam in order to supply water through gravity by the year 2018. Other issues to be taken to the notice of the Polavaram Project Authority were dwelt upon by the committee. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Transstroy.
The committee met the Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and apprised him of the situation. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is visiting the project site on December 11 as part of his regular inspection.
Sources said that he will obtain first-hand account of the progress of works against the backdrop of severe criticism that was made by the YSRCP and demand by Jana Sena Party to release a White Paper on the issue. The BJP too had cast its aspirations on the project.