Polavaram: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for Spillway Concrete works of the ongoing Polavaram project construction on Friday.
Some 101 veda pandithas performed yagam at the Polavaraam project site on the occasion of commencing the Spillway Concrete works. Naidu said 1 lakh 80 thousand people are being identified as project victims in 262 villages and promised that they would be compensated with land and monitary benefits as per the new Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act.
He said the drought problem in the State would end after the completion of the Polavaram project. The Polavaram is like a Varam (Fortune) to Andhra people, he said. Naidu said, he had informed the Centre as soon as AP election results were announced, that he would not take the oath if the Centre brings an Ordinance to amend the AP Reorganisation Act, to merge the villages of the Polavaram with Telanganga State.
Naidu recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first cabinet meeting on this issue and merged the villages into Andhra Pradesh, saying that a strong foundation was laid by himself with the cooperation of the PM, for Polavaram. He blamed the Congress party for not merging the villages in AP, while making it as National Project in the bifurcation act.
There had been many efforts by leaders, engineers and even the British government to construct Polavaram and were not fruitful enough, he said. He said about 3,000 TMC water has been going into the Sea without use, from Godavari River every year.
Naidu said he had visited the project area 12 times, and has been organising virtual inspections and review meetings held on every Monday adding that Godavari water was brought to Krishna River through Pattiseema project on the occasion of Krishna Pushkaralu.
He said the State would not forget the sacrifices of East and West Godavari districts farmers for the project. “The farmers in Guntur district donated 35 thousand acres of land without receiving a single rupee for construction of Amaravati, the people’s capital city,” he said, adding that Polavaram and Amaravati are the two major projects for the development of the AP.
Rs 8,682 crore has been spent on this project till now, and the central government released Rs 1,981 crore through Nabard, Naidu said adding that more funds are required for completing the project. The concrete work of Spillway would be completed by the end of December, 2018, Naidu said adding that the govt aims to complete the project by 2019.
Districts including East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam would be benefited as the water would reach these districts directly. The surplus water at Srisailam project would be used for the needs of Rayalaseema districts, he said adding that ‘Galeru Nagari’ and ‘Veligonda’ projects would serve the needs of Rayalaseema, Nellore and Prakasam districts in the future.
Naidu also said he had completed the project in Thotapalli in Vijayanagaram. Vamsadhara project was pending for a long time and the State allocated Rs 400 crore for rehabilitation, he said.