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Transstroy is now the contractor to build disputed Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, biodiversity, Congress, corruption, ecology, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Transstroy to implement Polavaram project

Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 18,2012

The consortium of Transstroy-JSC EC UES has finally been selected as the contractor to build the three main components of the Rs. 16,100-crore Polavaram project — rock-fill-cum-earthen dam, spillway and penstocks for 960-MW powerhouse planned as part of the project.

The selection has been made by the State Level Standing Committee (SLSC) headed by C. Muralidhar, engineer-in-chief, Irrigation, and reportedly approved by the High Level Committee which has Chief Secretary (Minnie Mathews) as its chairperson. The SLSC has other engineers-in-chief, the director, Finance, and the chief engineer, Central Designs Organisation, as members. Subject to final approval of the selection by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Transstroy consortium will be awarded the contract for the works. Transstroy-JSC EC UES quoted a price of Rs. 4,054 crore which was 14 per cent less than the IBM (internal bench mark) value fixed by the government at Rs. 4,717 crore. (మరింత…)

Will commit suicide if charges proved: KTR డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, compromise, Congress, corruption, Economy, heritage, KCR, Khammam, Koya, KTR, Polavaram, politics, ST, TRS, YSR.
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Will commit suicide if charges proved: KTR
The Hans India, December 10, 2011

Hyderabad: TRS MLA K Tarakarama Rao on Monday announced that he would commit suicide in full public view if someone proves that his party or leaders got benefited from the Polavaram Project tenders.

Speaking at the Assembly media point, Rao challenged TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu to prove the allegations that he levelled against the TRS leaders on the floor of the House during discussions on No Confidence Motion.

He said was ready for any inquiry into the awarding of Polavaram tenders. “If the inquiry report indicts TRS, I will hang myself to death,” he said. (మరింత…)

TRS demanded scrapping of Polavaram dam: E Rajender డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

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TRS wants CBI to probe dam deal

December 6, 2011 Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad

The TRS on Monday demanded that the government order a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in awarding the Polavaram contract. The TRS was earlier pushed to a corner by the Leader of Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, who accused the TRS chief Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao of mortgaging the Telangana agitation for the Polavaram contract, during the debate on the no-confidence motion. The construction company SEW, which owns considerable stake in a pro-Telangana newspaper in which Mr Chandrasekhar Rao is a partner, was preferred by the state government in Polavaram contract despite certain inadequacies. (మరింత…)

SEW Polavaram contract raises new controversy అక్టోబర్ 23, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, CPI, displacement, Economy, KCR, Koya, KTR, Media, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, ST, TDP, TRS, YSR.
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Polavaram contract raises Telangana heat
Srinivas Janyala, Indian Express, 23 October 2011

No sooner had the agitation for a separate Telangana state begun to simmer down than it threatens to erupt again: this time over the award of a contract to a construction company linked to a Telugu newspaper in which Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao is a stakeholder.

Crying foul, the Opposition is accusing the Congress government of buying peace with the TRS via this contract, a charge the government denies.

On October 19, the state government awarded a Rs 4,717-crore contract to Southern Engineering Works (SEW) Infrastructure to execute four major components of the Polavaram Project including spillway, head work, earth-and-rock fill dam and excavation for the 960 MW hydel power generation house.

The government said it saved Rs 600 crore by conducting the tender process for the contract in a transparent manner — SEW was the lowest of five bidders for the four works, quoting 12.6 per cent less than the total value of the work.

SEW Infrastructure has stakes in Intercontinental Infrastructure Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company which, in turn, is a stakeholder in Telangana Publications Pvt Limited that publishes Namaste Telangana. TRS’s Rao has invested Rs 4.12 crore and owns 41.25 lakh shares in Telangana Publications.

The chairman of Intercontinental Infrastructure is C L Rajam, a former Resident Engineer, and later one of the directors of SEW Infrastructure. (మరింత…)