KURNOOL: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that all hurdles for the construction of the Polavaram Project have been cleared and that it will be completed in the next three to four years.
Addressing newsmen at the Owk Tunnel site camp office in Kurnool district on Thursday, he termed the Polvaram Project as a ‘great gift’ to the people of Andhra Pradesh and said that there would be no water problem in the state after the completion of the Project and the Pattiseema Lift Irringation Scheme.
Reiterating that his government was committed to completing all the pending irrigation projects in the state at the earliest, he said that it proposed to give 5 per cent mobilization advance to the contractors who were expediting the works.
The CM vowed to make Owk Reservoir a tourist spot by introducing boating facilities on the reservoir. The CM also ordered collector Ch Vijaya Mohan to issue a gazette notification to change the name of Owk Reservoir as Timmaraju Project, naming it after Timmareddy who had constructed this irrigation pond 500 years ago.
The CM exhorted the youth not to spoil their future by getting involved in faction fights.
He rued that some political leaders were still continuing faction violence and threatening contractors and industrialists who were interested in developing the Rayalaseema region. “Factional violence will turn off prospective investors from the region,”he said and warned that severe take action would be taken against those who encouraged factionalism.