Polavaram Project – the lifeline of Andhra Pradesh is falling short of the targets. This has been revealed in a reply to an RTI application filed by an activist of the state. According to Polavaram Project Authority, until April 27th, only 75.29% of the project works (excluding Relief and Rehabilitation works).
Incidentally, according to a previous RTI filed in June 2019, the project works are 71.31% complete until 2nd June 2019. That only 3.98% of the works were completed in two years which is shocking. The works have slowed down further in the first quarter of this year.
Only 65.41 Crore Rupees were spent on the project in the first three months of this year which is a big shock. At this rate, the project will take forever to complete. Meanwhile, the Union Government had announced to fund the project only to the extent of 20,398.61 Crore Rupees.
But then, the project including the Relief and Rehabilitation works will cost a minimum of 50,000 Crore. Polavaram Multi-Purpose Irrigation Project comes with a total capacity of 194 TMC which will irrigate about Five Lakh Acres over Two Crops Every year. The Project will also generate 960MW of Hydel Power which is the cheapest available power in the market right now.
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