Minister for Water Resources P Anil Kumar Yadav assured that the government will stand by and protect the interests of those displaced due to the Polavaram project in every manner.
So far, MEIL, which has taken up Polavaram execution in 2019, has completed the spillway slab work, spillway of 3.32 lakh cubic metres and fixing of 42 out of the 48 radial gates.
Former ministers N Chinarajappa, Devineni Uma and former MLA Pantham Rajeswari were present.
There were no doctors in hospitals and medicines were in short supply in Chintur, Yetapaka, VR Puram and Kunavaram mandals, they added.
The delegation inspected spillway, gates mechanism, upstream and downstream cofferdams, the unique ladder to facilitate the movement of fish, gallery and other components.
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The families informed PPA that they had voluntarily moved to the Rehabilitation and Resettlement colonies in view of the closure of gaps in cofferdams, the officials claimed.
The CPM has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for an all-party meeting to assess the loss Odisha is likely to incur due to the Polavaram project.
After the PPA CEO’s visit, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) officials are also scheduled to visit Visakhapatnam and Polavaram Irrigation Project.
The tribunal gave two weeks for filing written submissions and announced that order will be uploaded on or before September 30.
The upper cofferdam is expected to be 2,480 meters long and 42.5 meters high.
The officials have also chalked out a plan to expedite the works related to the 960 MW hydel power plant and complete it within the stipulated time.
Despite several representations and meetings, the Central government is not actively pursuing the issues, obstructing the smooth progress of the project.
The MPs also requested the Finance Minister to reimburse the expenditure incurred by the state government on the project.