Andhra CM unveils first crest gate of Polavaram project

Andhra CM unveils first crest gate of Polavaram project

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Polavaram project site. (DH file photo)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said the Andhra Pradesh life line Polavaram project would be completed by 2019. The Chief Minister addressed farmers after launching the erection of first gate of the multipurpose national Project at Polavaram.

Naidu said water would be released through gravity through right and left main canals by the end of 2019. He said all the crest gates each weighing 300 tons would be erected by May next year.  He said the coffer dam works would be completed on war footing.

To set Guinness record

Stating that taking up Polavaram project is a divine opportunity for him, he said that the project will set several global records. He said the project concrete works to be taken up on 6 January next year would enter Guinness book of world records by completing 30000 cubic meters. “The China and USA set records by completing 21,500 cubic meters concrete works,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that he personally inspected the project works 29 times and conducted virtual review for 83 times. “Despite of opposition party’s false campaign, we have completed 63 per cent of project works so far,” he told the people.

The Chief Minister said Andhra Pradesh is the first state to interlink rivers. He said that he insisted on merger of seven villages of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh for speedy completion of project works.  He said by completing the Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme he is able to stabilize the Krishna delta ayacut.

Pointing out that the state has achieved 11 per cent growth rate, he added that priority would be given for horticulture and aqua sectors. He said though AP deprived of justice and facing financial crisis, the state emerged as number one in the country and the state is going to receive prestigious award from centre on 4 January for the Polavaram project works.