Panel satisfied with progress of Polavaram project works

Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources on Friday made a whirlwind tour of the Polavaram irrigation project and expressed satisfaction over the progress of works.

Chairman of the nine-member committee Hukum Singh said Andhra Pradesh would become the State with surplus water reserves by the year 2019, as the Polavaram project would commence its functioning as per schedule.

Expressing satisfaction over the initiative taken up by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for the timely completion of the major project, Mr. Singh said the committee called on Mr. Naidu in his office in the morning and collected all the details pertaining to the progress of works.

After visiting the project model and the view point, the committee members planned to inspect the works from close quarters.

However, sudden downpour prevented them from reaching the spot on foot. They, therefore, took to their convoy to assess the progress of works at the ground level.

Rajamahendravaram MP and member of the committee M. Murali Mohan said the committee was on the job of inspecting major irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Himachal Pradesh and submitting a report to the Centre.

“The committee is extremely happy with the pace of works here. We have inspected the spillway concrete works and radial gates making,” he said.

Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Employment Generation Minister P. Satyanarayana, and MP Maganti Venkateswara Rao welcomed the committee members.

Chief Secretary (Water Resources) Sasibhushan Kumar and Chief Engineer V. Ramesh Babu explained the committee members the project plan and its implementation. Collector K. Bhaskar was present.

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