VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday reiterated his commitment to complete Polavaram project on time. He said 59.63 per cent of the project works have been completed so far.
After inspecting the project on Monday, Naidu said he had personally visited the project 28 times and organised virtual inspection 78 times so far. “The State government had spent Rs 9,877 crore after declaring Polavaram as a national project. The Centre so far reimbursed Rs 6,700 crore and is yet to release Rs 3,150 crore more,’’ he said.
Giving details of the progress of works, he said 90 per cent works of right main canal and 64.56 of the left main canal were completed. Informing that 96.54 per cent works were completed, Naidu 100 per cent works would be completed by October 24.
“Out of the 45 gates, the Central Water Commission has approved to erect 27 and the remaining are under consideration. Gate erection works will be completed by December,” he maintained.On land acquisition, Naidu said out of the 1,66,423 acres, the government has so far acquired 1,10,095 acres and yet to acquire 66,328 acres.
Earlier, teleconferencing with officials on Neeru Pragathi, the CM, mentioning the damages to the State due to cyclone and drought conditions, recalled that despite making an appeal to the Centre to consider AP as a special state, the Centre did not extend any help.