Has Jagan made a costly self-goal on Polavaram?


The Jaganmohan Reddy government and YCP leaders are unusually silent on Polavaram for the past few weeks. They are obviously realising that the Modi government will not support Jagan’s reverse tendering. Neither CM nor Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav are speaking on status of re-tenders. They have fallen totally silent after the Centre has asked critical clarifications on the Raymond Peter’s report on irregularities in Polavaram works. It is well known that YCP Circar has pre-closed Navayuga contract based on this Raymond Peter report.

However, the Centre is raising many doubts on the Peter report which is causing embarrassment to AP CM, irrigation minister and officials. Many days have passed since the Centre asked for clarifications but Jagan Regime is not able to give its reply. Analysts say that Jagan has almost reached a dead-end now. He can neither go forward nor backward on his reverse tenders.

If Jagan sticks to his self-styled adamant policy, he will have to face the prospects of losing Central funding for Polavaram. In that case, AP government will have to bear the funds for the remaining 29 per cent works. Even then, there is a possibility of the Centre raising its own objections since Polavaram is a national project taken up with cent per cent Central funds. Polavaram is indeed becoming a bitter pill to swallow for Jagan even as the BJP AP leaders insist on completing this project with Central funds alone so as to claim full credit ahead of Jamili elections.

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  1. costly mistakes all around – Polavaram, sand policy, jobs policy, on going projects – all these could have been avoided than canceling in big-bang approach. sand permit renewals could have been used to enforce new policy with right vigilance in the interim, jobs policy impacting investor confidence could have been avoided with soft influence and encouragement with investors by upskilling/training local populace making them attractive. any industrialist would want to recruit locals for ensuring stability and continuity, meals facilities – renewal could have been used to bring new contracts than abruptly canceling :- there are many like these impacted hugely on economy, revenue, investor sentiments which take long time to recover from. those who are advising highest levels of power must have a 360d view; all in all 100+ days in power had been a huge disappointment in growing state economy, infrastructure growth, revenue generation


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