Polavaram dam: Officials race against time to release water by mid-June

As per latest report, just 34% of works related to cofferdams have been completed.

Published: 14th April 2019 09:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2019 09:06 AM   |  A+A-

Polavaram project site

A panoramic view of Polavaram project. (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: With less than two months left for the State government to keep its promise of releasing water from Polavaram dam by virtue of gravity, the officials and the contracting agency are racing against time to complete the works of critical structure which would enable water diversion: the cofferdams. As per the latest status report, just about 34 per cent of works related to the cofferdams have been completed so far.

For the record, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has repeatedly promised that his government would supply water by mid-June. Accordingly, the works related to the two structures began in the second week of December last year and gained momentum subsequently. Now that the target date is just about 50 days away, a pertinent question that comes to fore is if the contracting agency and the official machinery would be able to pull off the feat. 

The same question was raised by the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA), the executive agency for the implementation of the multi-purpose national project, recently. It asked the State officials as to how the latter would be able to complete the remaining part of the works in the short time. 

However, the officials expressed confidence that they would be able to finish the works. “The upper cofferdam and the lower cofferdam are at 40 per cent and 26 per cent of progress. For cofferdams, laying the foundation is a tedious process. So, it took time. The superstructure can be quickly completed. We are making all possible efforts to complete the works by June 10,” V Sridhar, Chief Engineer of Polavaram Irrigation Project, told TNIE. 

He added that only the completion of the cofferdam in the upper stream was critical for the diversion of water, and that it would be completed within the stipulated time. To take stock of the progress on the ground, a team of officials from the PPA is scheduled to visit the project site on Monday. It may be noted that the actual purpose of the upper cofferdam is to provide a working area to take up the main dam works by blocking the water during the flooding seasons. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp