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Jalayagnam corruption charges under PMO scrutiny మార్చి 1, 2010

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Irrigation projects in Andhra under PMO scanner

PMO has sought details of the EPC contracts awarded by the AP irrigation department, spelling potential trouble for the projects undertaken in the past five years

C.R. Sukumar
livemint.com Feb 28, 2010

Hyderabad: Irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh (AP) involving a combined outlay of Rs 1.8 trillion have come under the scrutiny of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) following corruption charges by opposition parties in the southern state.

PMO has sought details of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts awarded by the AP irrigation department, spelling potential trouble for the projects undertaken in the past five years.

Channeling funds: A file photo of the Polavaram irrigation project under way at Khammam and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. Bharath Sai / Mint

The Central Water Commission (CWC) wrote to the department asking for the details, which it said had been sought by PMO. A copy of the letter was reviewed by Mint. An official in the AP irrigation department confirmed that it had received the letter.

Officials at the PMO couldn’t be contacted for comment on Sunday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

The Congress-led state government has taken up 86 major and medium irrigation projects since 2004-05 under its Jalayagnam (water worship) programme. Only four major and eight medium irrigation projects have been completed, with the remaining 74 still in different stages of development. (మరింత…)