National status for Polavaram project soon జనవరి 9, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Economy, Identity, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, regionalism.
National status for Polavaram project soon
PTI, Jan 8, 2011
NEW DELHI: In a move aimed at according Indirasagar Polavaram multi-purpose dam in Andhra Pradesh national project status, the advisory committee to the Planning Commission is understood to have recommended enhanced cost estimates for the project. Cost estimates on latest expenditures involved are necessary for the empowered committee on national projects to accord any scheme a national status.
The advisory committee which met recently is understood to have revised the project cost to around Rs 17,000 crore. “The committee has so far not given its recommendations to the water resources ministry…The projected revised cost it was to recommend was around Rs 17,000 crore,” sources in the government said here.
The revised cost was based on price escalations revised designs and relief and rehabilitation they, said.
Work on the project began in April 2006 and was expected to be completed by February 2007. After 30 per cent work of excavation work on the canals and 15 per cent of the spillway works had been completed, the work was halted in May 2006 to seek clearance from the ministry of forests and environment.
The neighbouring state of Orissa also expressed its concern over the project, saying it would result in submerging of its land and decided to study this together with the officials from Andhra Pradesh. While Orissa fears that parts of its land would be submerged when the reservoir is filled, Andhra Pradesh has assured the adjacent state that it will build embankments to prevent floods.