CM Naidu holds review meeting over Polavaram Irrigation Project
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 12 (ANI): The Polavaram Irrigation Project has achieved an overall progress of 53%, officials reported to the Chief Minister during the 51st review of PIP, held in the Secretariat on Monday. This includes the head works, the Right Main Canal and the Left Main Canal. 71% of the excavation for the spillway and spill channel has been completed, i.e., 775 lakh cubic metres out of 1,055 lakh cubic metres. 30.57% of the concreting for the spillway and the stilling basin is completed, accounting for 5.01 lakh cubic metres out of 16.39 lakh cubic metres. This week, 0.1 lakh cubic metres of earthwork was excavated, and 3,876 cubic metres of concrete was laid for the spillway and stilling basin. 19.6 metres of the diaphragm wall was also completed this week. Overall, 39% of the head works have been completed. Other main components of the dam that have shown consistent progress are the diaphragm wall (68%), radial gates (58%) and the jet grouting for the Coffer dam (78%). The Chief Minister also urged the contractors in charge of the Left Main Canal to ensure faster progress, and asked for a detailed plan and date of completion by next Monday. The Chief Minister also said that the 116-day programme must include a presentation of the progress report of the department, and the impact of the projects on water levels. He also requested the Forest department officials to approve all the required clearances for the Sri Balaji Reservoir, the Venugopalasagar Reservoir and the Velugonda Project. The Chief Minister also reviewed the plan of installing Rain Water Harvesting Systems (RWHS) across all districts as a part of Neeru Chettu, a flagship programme.