Polavaram (West Godavari dist.), July 19:
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said priority must be given to quality in resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) works of Polavaram Project.
The Chief Minister did an aerial survey of the Polavaram project and later held a meeting on the project site to review the ongoing works.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that works related to spillway are almost complete and 42 out of 48 gates were already fixed and the remaining gates would be fixed soon.
The officials said Earth-Cum Rock Fill (ECRF) dam area had been damaged by the floods because of gaps in lower coffer dam and designs would be finalised to complete ECRF dam works. The Chief Minister suggested the completing the works linking the two canals including linning works, tunnel works and lining works by June 2022.
During the review on R& R works of the project, the officials informed the Chief Minister that they had set a target to shift the displaced families from 48 of the 90 habitations by August .
The Chief Minister said bills of R&R works are being cleared despite financial constraints and told officials not to keep them pending in future and expedite the R&R works.
He said the state government had to be reimbursed Rs 2,300 crore from Central Government for Polavaram Project , the state government was spending it’s own funds for the project. He sought the Identification of land for distribution to the evacuees who had ROFR pattas.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, Water Resources Minister Dr Anil Kumar Yadav, Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu, Housing Minister Cherukuvada Sriranganatha Raju, Social Welfare Minister Pineni Viswaroop, BC welfare Minister Chelluboina Venu Gopal Krishna, I& PR Minister Perni Venkatramaiah, Women and Child Welfare Minister Taneti Vanitha, Water Resources Secretary J Syamala Rao, ENC Narayana Reddy, Polavaram MLA Bala Raju, representatives of construction company of the project and MLAs local representatives were present.