VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials concerned to complete the works under seven packages for diversion of Godavari river water to Polavaram Right Main Canal (PRMC) within a week’s time.
Reviewing the progress of Polavaram and Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) projects here Thursday, he asked irrigation, revenue and all other departments to have their full focus on completion of the project works and ensure results in the specified time.
The CM asked the engineers concerned to expedite the PLIS works, which are in their last leg. “By engaging 50 more proclainers in another 10 days the earthworks of the canal can be completed,” he said and wanted high powered proclainers, tippers and other engineering vehicles for all the 7 packages. He asked the officials to pay special attention for third package works, which are from 38.199 km to 71.500 km.
Officials explained to the CM that 40 tribal families who are living off the land falling under first package have been relocated and just another 1,734 lakh cubic metres of earthworks needed to be taken care of to complete the first package. In the second package, the pipelines of GAIL and HPC have to be relocated, which is expected to be completed by August 10, they said.
The CM asked higher officials to speak with chairmen of GAIL and HPCL to have the pending works taken care of. He was told that for working the deepcut area between 35 km mark and 37 km mark, eight high powered proclainers are needed and they are being brought from L&T. Naidu was also apprised of the land given by farmers for 4th package, where the works have commenced and to speed up the works 15 more proclainers have been engaged.
Underlining the need for earlier completion of Tammileru Aqueduct works, the CM said if needed skilled manpower from other places should be engaged and asked the officials to take up the matter on topmost priority. As many as 260 skilled men are engaged in aqueduct works and another 150 are required to complete the works at the earliest. The status of the remaining two packages was also given to CM.