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Jagan policy raises doubts on Polavaram future

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AP’s lifeline irrigation project, Polavaram, is stuck in an ever deepening crisis with no hope of its works restarting in the near future. CM Jaganmohan Reddy initially said that the project would be continued and completed even if there is no support from the Centre. He hinted at the State funds to be allocated for completing Polavaram. But, as days passed by, there are no Central or State funds to restart the project works.

The engineers are expressing concerns over the rising costs of the project because of increase in prices of raw material because of further delay. A few weeks ago, the state authorities were happy at the Centre’s readiness to release Rs. 1,850 Cr towards dues. But these funds are also not being released as the Union Finance Ministry is asking lot of questions.

AP is yet to get Rs. 5,072 Cr reimbursements from the Centre. CM Jagan Reddy has made several representations to PM Modi, Amit Shah and other Union Ministers. But there has been no positive response from the Centre. There are increasing fears within in the state irrigation ministry officials on the overall future of Polavaram works.

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Has Jagan made a costly self-goal on Polavaram?

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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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Chief Engineer removed ahead of Shekawat decision

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The AP government has removed Polavaram Engineer-in-Chief M. Venkateswara Rao in the wake of continuing deadlock over the fate of its re-tendering process. Rao is working for this project for over 15 years and he was chief engineer during YSR regime as well. YCP’s decision took the engineers circles in the state by surprise. Moreover, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekawat is expected to take a final decision soon on whether the Centre would support re-tendering issue or not.

YCP Circar has also removed Venkateswara Rao from the membership of Polavaram Project Authority, which is under the control of the Centre. This is after PPA Chief Executive Officer RK Jain objected to AP’s re-tendering that the Centre has started making comments against Jagan Regime.

During his recent visit also, Jagan met Shekawat and asked him to allow AP to go for re-tendering. But Shekawat has said that he would decide only after studying the report submitted by the Project Authority.

In the place of Venkateswara Rao, the AP government has appointed Sudhakar Babu who is also made a member of the Project Authority now. The sudden change in top official post indicated Jagan’s stubbornness to go ahead with re-tendering despite negative response from the Centre.

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Reverse shocks continue for YCP Regime

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The reverse decisions on Polavaram project are giving shock after shock to the YCP government in Andhra. Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekawat has bluntly told AP Circar that it cannot do whatever it likes on changing the contractors of the state’s lifeline irrigation project. The state should inform the Centre since it is providing all the funds. Shekawat also clarified that the Centre would take a final decision in two days after seeing the report of the Polavaram Project Authority CEO RK Singh.

The Project Authority CEO has already given a 12-page report to the Centre and also to AP on how the project would be badly hit if YCP decision is implemented. The report said that there is already four years delay in the project which will be further delayed if contractors are changed. There is no guarantee that the new contractors will do works at a lesser price. Even if they do, they may not deliver quality works.

The Project Authority also expressed concerns that if there is delay in Polavaram, it would lead to greater dependence of AP on Pattiseema and Purushottampatnam. This would result in unbearable financial burden on the government. CEO’s report came like a bigger shock to the YCP government as it object to change of contractors in every way possible. It is going to be a loss of face for Jagan Regime which earlier said that Chandrababu Circar committed irregularities in Polavaram project.

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YCP silent and indefensible on Polavaram fiasco

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The Jagan Media has not put out a single story on the AP High Court’s order asking the YCP government to stop its reverse tendering process. It is because there is no sensible defense on this. The Sakshi Media has not touched upon this subject at all. The 5 Deputy Chief Ministers, Ministers, Advisors, MLAs and nobody is daring to talk about the scene that is turning reverse against the ruling party. There is no sense of direction in the ruling camp as there is no reaction from CM Jagan on how to respond to this situation.

The YCP leaders have gone into a state of shock, helplessness and silence now. But the opposition TDP and BJP have launched scathing attacks on Polavaram reverse verdict. Apparently, Jagan Circar went blindly ahead and cancelled the Navayuga Company contract without settling its dues. The government said at one point of time that Navayuga had agreed to step away from the project and invited re-tenders.
But now, Navayuga approached court and the re-tendering is stopped eventually. Analysts say that Jagan obviously did not consider legal implications of his government’s decision. The Polavaram failure is indeed a strong blow to his overall policy-making and sense of direction. Undoubtedly, Jagan Regime will be receiving many more similar blows if it does not follow democratic and legally acceptable policies.

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Contract cancellation creates new doubts on Polavaram

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Polavaram and new Andhra Pradesh capital were the two major projects which attracted all the attention in Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation and now with the change of guards, development of Amaravati has hit the pause button while fresh doubts have cropped up about Polavaram.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government’s move to exit Navayuga Engineering Company out of Polavaram has triggered apprehensions over the mega irrigation project being built on Godavari river.

The new government three days ago served a notice to Navayuga asking it to exit from the project as it was awarded the contract on a nomination basis by previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government.

As a sub-contractor, Navayuga was engaged in various works relating to the project including construction of spillway, spillway channel, coffer dam and power project component. The total value of the works being executed by the company were about Rs 3,000 crore.

The government has now decided to call tenders by going for reverse tendering process. The development was not unexpected as soon after assuming the office, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had declared that all the contracts awarded by the previous government on nomination basis would be reviewed and wherever necessary he would go for reverse tendering as this would ensure transparency by allowing participation of largest number of bidders. He believes this would lead to huge saving to public exchequer.

The government took the action on the findings of a committee of experts constituted by it to review the works awarded to Navayuga.

The move, however, evoked criticism not only from TDP, other opposition parties but also from the Centre, which is funding the project.

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat termed as ‘sad’ the move by the YSRCP government to terminate the contract. He told the Parliament that this would become a new impediment for executing the project and lead to cost escalation.

Polavaram, which is estimated to cost Rs 58,000 crore, was declared a national project in 2016 as committed by the Centre at the time of bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

It is being executed by the state government under the supervision of the Polavaram Project Authority, a central agency.

The project designed to bring an area of over seven lakh acres in coastal Andhra under irrigation besides producing 960 Megawatt power, utilising 273 thousand million cubic feet or TMC of water currently going waste into the sea.

With floods in Godavari, the project works have come to a halt. Officials say the works could resume after the end of flood season in October.

After his first visit to the project site last month, Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that TDP government resorted to irregularities in the project by awarding contracts on nomination basis to those who were close to it.

Alleged corruption in Polavaram was a key issue during the election campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also targeted then chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for delaying execution of Polavaram and alleged that he is using it as ‘ATM’ leading to cost escalation.

The exit notice to Navayuga may not be the last move of Jagan Reddy government as he claimed that several sub-contracts were awarded to those close to the then ruling party and the ministers.

The TDP has rubbished the allegations and claimed that utmost transparency was maintained in the process of awarding the works. TDP leader and former irrigation minister D. Uma Maheswara Rao pointed out that the sub-contract to Navayuga was in fact awarded on the suggestion of the Centre so that the works could speed up.

“This is one of the several steps taken by Jagan Mohan Reddy government due to political vendetta without bothering about the state’s interests,” he said.

Chandrababu Naidu said despite the canard spread by YSRCP all these years, the TDP government completed 70 per cent of the project works. He cautioned that if YSRCP government failed to execute the balance works in a stipulated time, Polavaram will remain a dream.

Jagan Reddy recently reiterated that his government will complete the project by June 2021.

However, experts say the termination of contracts and calling of fresh tenders may further delay the project and also lead to cost escalation.

Conceived in 1941 at just Rs 6.5 crore, Polavaram was marred by delays and controversies over last several decades.

Being built at Polavaram in West Godavari district, it is said to be the last irrigation project of this scale in the country and promises to become lifeline of Andhra Pradesh.

Despite being mooted before India’s independence, it remained on paper for several decades. Though the foundation stone was laid in 1980, no progress could made be made till 2005 when then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy launched the work. Most of the works of two canals were completed and majority of the clearances from the Centre were obtained during his time.

However, Rajasekhara Reddy’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009 and subsequent political turmoil due to revival of demand for Telangana state once again threw the project in a limbo.

The commitment made by the Centre in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act came as a fresh hope for the project and since then significant progress was made but for people of state it is still a long way to go.

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Why Jagan wants Centre to complete Polavaram?

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Polavaram, the lifeline irrigation project for AP, is proving to be a very critical issue for CM-elect Jaganmohan Reddy. The project cost has gone up manifolds because of delay in works. It’s a national project for which the Centre should bear 100 per cent expenditure. But the Centre is not giving full funds.

Interestingly, AP government is constructing the project and getting funds towards the works completed. Polavaram land acquisition costs have gone up to Rs 55,000 cr for which the Centre is not agreeing to release funds. Seeing all these difficulties, Jagan says that the AP government has no full responsibility on Polavaram. If the Central Government takes it up, the project should be completed in time bound manner, he says.

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Chandrababu Naidu using Polavaram project as ATM: Modi

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Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu for stamping Centre’s schemes as his party’s policies. Moreover, Naidu is using Polavaram project for drawing funds from the Centre and not spending them properly, maintained Modi.

The Prime Minister has asked Andhraites to go through newspapers three years ago and notice what’s Naidu is criticizing about the BJP-led NDA government.

“That’s why we call Chandrababu Naidu as U-turn Babu. Naidu was praising the NDA government earlier and now started criticizing for no fault of the BJP. This is just for political gain only. The Centre has so far released over Rs7,000 crore funds for Polavaram. What’s been the progress so far? TDP and previous government didn’t do anything for Polavaram project for over four decades. The NDA government has only released Rs7,000 crore funds. However, they’re not utilized properly. The U-turn Babu is using Polavaram project as ATM machine to draw funds from the Centre. Andhraites should realise about what’s happening,” said Modi.

Addressing at a public meeting in Rajahmahendravaram on Monday afternoon, Modi further criticized Naidu and his party for posing question over surgical strikes, while ignoring Pulvama attack by militants.

“Such statements can only appease Pakistan. This is showing the innerside of Naidu. Andhra Pradesh people prefer to maintain their own heritage and culture. BJP is committed to protect Andhra heritage and culture, while Naidu prefers his own Heritage company,” remarked Modi.

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Modi only interested in Gujarat: CBN on Polavaram

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Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to AP, the ruling TDP and the BJP are engaged in mutual allegations and criticism. TDP mounted strong criticism as CM Chandrababu Naidu says that Modi has not extended required support to the Poalvaram life line project of AP which is costing nealry Rs. 53,000 crore.

Modi is interested only in developing his home state of Gujarat with states like the much-neglected and highly discriminated Andhra Pradesh pushed to the background, CBN said. The TDP is launching a comprehensive campaign on the step-motherly treatment being given by the Centre to AP’s needs. Even the party second rung leaders are making open statements against the Modi visit and passing critical comments against the BJP.

Not many BJP leaders are able to issue counter statements to the TDP on this count. Because of the fast-approaching 2019 elections, many BJP aspirants are looking for better opportunities in other parties. BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao is busy in Delhi politics. Only BJP AP President Kanna Laxminarayana is countering TDP leaders as he accused Chandrababu of intensifying criticism of Modi out of fear of exposing his misinformation in front of the AP people.

Kanna says the TDP leaders have exploited all the funds provided by the Centre under various schemes and this misuse of funds spanned from toilets to liquor bottles. CBN is afraid of the truth coming out which is why he is blaming Modi for ulterior political advantage, Kanna says.

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Pawan satires on CM’s real-time governance

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It is known news that cracks appeared on the road that led to the Polavaram project site and that led people in that area fearing of earthquake. The incident took place on Saturday and the videos showed massive cracks in the mud road. Local people got panicked at the incident and officials rushed to the spot to review the situation. This also led to 25 villages in the area losing electricity as electric poles uprooted because of cracks in ground.

Pawan Kalyan posted videos of the Polavaram road cracks and took potshots at Chief minister as he questioned whether CM’s realtime governance noticed this or not. It is known news that CM has been boasting of realtime governance in the state and telling that AP state is a leading innovator in technology adoption. Pawan tweeted, “I hope Hon. CM Sri. CBN garu’s real time governance has noticed how a road of one kilometre near Polavaram Project had split as if some earthquake occurred. Please give a clarity to peoplewhy it happened.”

We will have to wait and see how government reacts on Pawan’s questions.

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Will Gadkari’s visit to Polavaram bring funds?

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Union Minister for Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari is scheduled to visit Polavaram Project site on July 11. This would be his second visit to the project site after he took over the Ministry from Uma Bharati a year ago and the first visit after the Telugu Desam Party broke alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Though Polavaram is the national project and the Central government has to give 100 per cent funds for its construction, the State government is spending from its coffers, while the Central government is taking its own time to reimburse. There is a huge gap of close to Rs 2,000 crore between the State government’s spending and the Central government’s reimbursement on the project in the last four years. This puts an additional burden of Rs 300 crore on the State government towards rate of interest as the State is spending from its external borrowings.

Chandrababu Naidu who never cared for Polavaram Project during his earlier stint between 1995 and 2004 had taken up the project construction now from the Central government only with an eye on the resettlement and rehabilitation package and compensation for the land acquisition. It is everybody’s knowledge that Chandrababu Naidu is at his best all the time to handle the land acquisition for any cause and assign works to the contractors that would benefit him and his party. Polavaram too is one source of funds for the ruling TDP, as seen by the Opposition parties. Surprisingly, the BJP too finds some mischief in the expenditure in the project and it is this reason that causes delay in release of funds.

As the relations are strained between the TDP in the State and the BJP at the Centre, the visit of Gadkari to the project site would not be a festival as it had during his first visit. It is expected that besides Minister for Water Resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and a few senior officials of the department, Gadkari visit this time will not have Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu accompanying. However, there are BJP leaders who might take part to give a clear picture on the corruption part of the project.

Interestingly, two weeks ago, the BJP leaders from the State have visited the project site and accused the TDP government to huge corruption. It is to be seen how the BJP leaders would now make use of Gadkari’s visit to hit at the TDP in the State.

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New record at Polavaram by Navayuga

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Polavaram project is undoubtedly lifeline of residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. There have been critical comments on this project regarding the pace the project is going on. However, Navayuga company created a record in speed with which the project is going on.

It is known news that Navayuga has taken over from transstroy India after the latter failed to deliver as promised. Ever since Navayuga took over Polavaram works have been getting completed at very fast pace. Navayuga company created record by completing 8,000 cubic meters of concrete work in just 16 hours. Actually this is record as it broke earlier national record in irrigation projects. Navayuga management expressed confidence that, they will break the record speed of construction of three gorges dam in China soon.

Even though polavaram work moved at snail pace in last 4 years, because of non cooperation from centre and because of the earlier construction company, now the works are being completed at a very fast pace, which is a good news for people of Andhra Pradesh

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CBN’s ‘Polavaram Project’ bluff continues!

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AP CM Chandrababu Naidu continued his bluff over the ‘Polavaram Project’. Though many senior civil engineers confirmed completing ‘Polavaram Project’ before 2019 polls is next to impossible, the AP CM continued to rehearse the same words.

Talking at a program in Turakalapatnam (Anantapur District), Chandrababu Naidu took pot shots at PM Modi and Congress Party. ‘Both PM Modi who swore in front of Venkanna in Tirupathi, and the Congress Party have deceived the state.

Despite going to New Delhi 29 times, the Centre did not show any interest towards the problems faced by AP’, said CBN.

He later continued to boast about the TDP government stating that, over Rs 10,000 crores have been spent on irrigation projects in Ananthapur district alone. ‘It is the TDP Govt. that has sanctioned Rs 1000 as pension, and is spending Rs 53,000 crores on irrigation projects. Our government has freed the farmers from bad loans, and is preparing to sanction interest-free loans to farmers’, he added.

CBN also claimed that people voted for him because of the trust they have on him. If that is the case, why did go into an alliance with BJP, and took the support of Janasena?

If people had immense trust in CBN, why did TDP get only 2.6% votes extra than YSRCP? Will CBN take Political Sanyasam if he fails to complete the Polavaram Project before 2019 AP Assembly Polls?
These are the questions the AP CM has to answer.

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CBN says A for Amaravati and P for Polavaram! But where is SCS?

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It is quite common for errors to creep in the speech by a politician. But we don’t expect the same from someone like Chandrababu Naidu, who boasts of his 40-year stint in politics. In his latest attempt of venting our frustration, and anger, the AP CM took a dig at PM Modi and BJP.

He said, ‘The Centre has deprived Andhra Pradesh of its rights. It is cheated AP and the 5 crore Telugu people. Every one of us should fight against Modi’s immoral rule. The BJP party is denying aid in all aspects towards Andhra Pradesh. In AP, A stands for Amaravati and P stands for Polavaram. I will not rest until I finish these both. My fight is for the future generations of this state.

The Centre should fulfil all the promises and commitments made on the floor of Rajya Sabha. When we are confronting the Centre about the prejudice towards Andhra Pradesh, the Centre is counter-attacking. The BJP will meet the same fate the Congress met if it chooses to do injustice towards the Telugu community (here Andhra Pradesh people).’

What’s surprising is that Chandrababu never stressed about the Special Category Status in his latest speech.

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Central Water Commission expert committee positive report to center on Polavaram.

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Undoubtedly, Polavaram project is life line of AP people. The project has recently been a topic of debate in the state as opposition party and other parties started talking about the progress of project in bad light. Though, political parties make comments based on their political needs, usually expert committees have to give genuine reports that too when the report is going to Union government itself. Recent report from Central Water Commission seems to have expressed happiness on progress of Polavaram project.

The expert committee of the Central Water Commission (CWC) has expressed satisfaction over pace in which Polavaram project is progressing. The committee also visited rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) village and said that beneficiaries were almost satisfied with R&R package. Convener of the committee R K Pachauri submitted the report to the Union Ministry of Water Resources Department on March 21 after its third inspection of the project between March 15 and 17. It is also mentioned in the report that transition from first contractor to second contractor was smooth and there are absolutely no issues in that.

Committee did mention some short falls too. For example, laying concrete in spillway is progressing at the rate of 3,000 cubic metres per day while the target is 4,800 cum per day. But the committee also mentioned that the target is very ambitious one here. Another short fall mentioned is about rehabilitation after land acquisition. While 11 lakh acres has already been acquired from 17,739 families, only 3,348 families have been rehabilitated so far. Also it mentioned, R&R work is still lagging behind.

But overall, the report was genuine and positive on AP government on many aspects. State government officials said the committee’s report has given a relief to them in backdrop of present crisis.

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Jet Grouting to be begun today in Polavaram Project

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A key development in Polavaram Project will be taken up on Monday by the Andhra Pradesh Government and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will launch the works. The Jet Grouting works are a part of Cofferdam construction and soon after the approval from the central government for Cofferdam, the government has decided to avoid any delay in completing the project by utilizing every opportunity.

As per the schedule, the works of Jet Grouting had to be begun earlier but, due to the directions of the central government which asked the state government to hold the works till the report of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC). It took about two months from the orders given by the central government on holding works.

Officials said that the Jet Grouting works will ensure protection of the dam and to reduce the estimations of the entire project from Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 150 crore. Besides this, the central government, which did not give approval for the works on Friday’s meeting and told to hold works till the decision of the height finalizes, has given green signal for the ground works.

The Chief Minister who will participate in Janmabhumi-Maa Ooru programme in West Godavari District will also visit the project area and will launch the works of Jet Grouting. Tenders will be opened for Spillway and Spill Channel Concrete Works soon after a meeting by the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA).

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CM KCR’s Shocking Announcement In Assembly

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Chandrababu give back Polavaram villages to Telangana

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made a shocking revelation in the assembly. He announced that his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu is ready to give back some of the Polavaram villages which went to AP after the state bifurcation.

Around 211 villages from Seven Mandals of Khammam district were added to AP by an ordinance. Due to Polavaram Project, these are the villages which will get submerged.

Regarding the same, consultations are going on with Andhra Pradesh government added KCR and Chandrababu Naidu has agreed to the same. The Telangana Chief Minister also added that on this issue, minister Tummala Nageshwara Rao is doing a commendable job.

Earlier, a similar comment was made by KCR and such statements will have huge political implications.

Let us see wait and watch how Andhra Pradesh government will respond on this.

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Central Govt rejects AP’s plea to change Polavaram contractor again!

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The Central Government once again expressed reluctance to change the Polavaram Project Chief contractor. Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari reiterated that the change in contractor would shoot up the project costs.

A review meeting was chaired by Gadkari at the Krishna Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday night to discuss on Polavaram project which is lifeline of Andhra Pradesh. Gadkari indicated if the change in contractor doesn’t impact the overall project costs, then the government will give a go ahead. He clearly stated that the Central government is not ready to bear the additional costs. However, after the meeting Gadkari said changing contractor is an “administrative matter”.

The Minister met with officials of polavaram project contractor Transtroy and sub-contractors of L&T, Triveni and Keller along with State Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao. Devineni requested the Center to consider the costs of land acquisition and R&R separately.

Chief Water Resources Secretary Shashi Bhushan Kumar explained the progress of the work through a presentation. In order to complete the project by 2019, it is necessary to work more rapidly, officials said.

Sub-contractors in the meeting expressed their concern over the main contract company Transtroy, especially the delay in payments and work. Gadkari promised to make payments directly to sub-contractors.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who is persistent on changing the contractor, went to Nagpur before going abroad to persuade the Union Minister Gadkari. Devineni reportedly informed Naidu of the latest development.

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Rajamauli met Babu on Amaravati. Should Polavaram be given to VV Vinayak?

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Bahubali director Rajamauli met AP CM Chandrababu Naidu today. It is known news that, after the British architect Norman Foster’s team submitted the final designs of the various buildings that will come up in Amaravati, Chandrababu sprang a surprise by suggesting the team to get in touch with `Baahubali’ director SS Rajamouli to give local touch and modify the visual appeal.

Rajamauli told media today that he is yet to have full-fledged discussions with Babu regarding the designs and they both will have further discussions on this. Once discussions are over, Rajamauli will go through the designs and he will give his suggestions as necessary.

Meanwhile, netizens have been criticizing this move as Babu relying on film director’s opinion more than the renowned architects opinion. They also started suggesting Babu, albeit sarcastically, that as Amaravti’s responsibility given to director Rajamauli, responsibility of Polavaram should be given to another ace director VV Vinayak. It is to be noted that VV Vinayak’s Bunny movie revolves around Polavaram project.

Even though it is a satire as of now, some netizens express concerns that it may also realize. Anyway, while it is not completely wrong to ask director’s opinion on such projects, the hype that is surrounded and the importance given to such opinion is attracting all these controversy!!!

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Polavaram contract: Rayapati’s firm may lose to Megha Reddy

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reportedly issued notices to the Polavaram project executing agency Transstroy India Limited under Section 60C of the Engineering Procurement and Construct Contract (EPC). Through this section, the contract can be terminated and there will not be any legal issues if the project is assigned to a new firm.

Sepculations are rife that the TDP MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao’s family-owned Transstroy India Limited, volunteered to step aside. The project will be reportedly given to Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd which has completed several projects like Pattiseema, Handri Neva Sujala Sravanthi, Purushottapatnam and recently Muchumarri lift irrigation in Andhra Pradesh.

Trans stroy could achieve only 27% of the target as per the records of the State government. The executing agency may be permitted to do a certain percentage of the work while the remaining will be given to MEIL. The government is allegedly in conversation with both the companies.

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