Vijayawada: Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to fill gaps in the cofferdam and complete the approach channel of Polavaram project on priority. Jagan, who reviewed the progress of the project with officials of water resources department at his Tadepalli camp office on Wednesday, asked them to expedite the excavation works of soil and concrete in the spill channel.
“The next 45 days are crucial. Works should be executed efficiently at a brisk pace and completed on time,” he told them. The officials informed him that the works would be completed by May. The chief minister also reviewed the rehabilitation and resettlement works connected with the Polavaram project. He assured officials that the government is taking all possible steps for release of funds to complete all ongoing projects on time.
The chief minister also reviewed the works of Nellore barrage, Sangam barrage, Owk tunnel 2, head regulators, tunnel, and other works of Veligonda project, and Vamshadara-Nagavali link. He was informed by officials that Nellore and Sangam barrage works would be completed by May, while chemical pouring works of Owk tunnel 2 are continuing at a brisk pace and would be completed by August. Once completed, the tunnels can carry 20,000 cusecs of water.
While tunnel 1 of Veligonda project has been completed, tunnel 2 would be over by December, the officials said, adding that steps are being taken to release water through Veligonda tunnel 1 by September. The Vamsadhara-Nagavali works would be completed by July, the officials informed the CM.
Jagan asked them to focus on construction of Neradi barrage and hold discussions with Odisha government to resolve contentious issues so that the project can be completed on time. He also wanted them to focus on completion of priority projects like Mahendra Tanaya, Madduvalasa phase 2, and Tarakarama Sagar. The CM also reviewed Rayalaseema and Palnadu drought mitigation projects and asked officials to prepare an action plan to move forward.