CAPTION: Chief Minister with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
New Delhi, June 10:
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy met Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Prakash Javadekar on the first day of his two-day visit to New Delhi and discussed the issues of State interest.
During the discussion with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Polavaram project, the Chief Minister reiterated the need to complete the project on time. The Chief Minister sought approval to investment clearance for Polavaram Project as recommended by PPA & Central Water Commission and accepted by Technical Advisory Committee of Ministry of Jal Shakti for Rs. 55,656.87 Cr at 2017-18 price list at the earliest so that project works including land acquisition and R&R can be completed as per schedule by June, 2022.
The CM requested the Jal Shakti Minister to consider water supply component as an integral part of Irrigation component and this would be in consonance with the guidelines followed by Ministry of Jal Shakti towards National projects and added to reimburse the expenditure without restricting to component wise eligibility. He has asked the Jal Shakti Minister to reimburse the amount regarding the land acquisition and R&R compensation for project affected families of the project as per the Right to Fair Compensation & Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013. He also asked to shift the headquarters of PPA from Hyderabad to Rajamahendravaram at an early date as it’s difficult to come from Hyderabad for project monitoring and inspection.
Earlier the Chief Minister requested Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar to resolve some problems in environmental clearences regarding stocking works of Polavaram project.