Andhra Pradesh government’s most touted Polavaram irrigation project seems to have been taken over by the Central Government after the state government failed to make progress in the construction of the project. Though AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu tried to make others believe about the progress of the project, Centre decided to handle it on its own.
Chandrababu had been seeking to change the main contractor of the project as Transstroy India Private Ltd doesn’t have the capacity or the capability to complete the project.
However, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is against changing the contractor at this late stage as it would escalate the cost of the project and also would cause further delay in its completion. So the Centre has served a notice to the Company under Clause 60C of the contract to expedite the work of the project.
Polavaram Project being a National Project should be undertaken by the Centre and now Centre has taken matter in its own hands and appointed AK Pradhan as Polavaram Authority Chief. Immediately after his appointment Pradhan directly visited the project site, studied the situation and returned to Delhi.
Chandrababu will be leaving for Delhi on November 3 to discuss about the project. The Centre has already prepared a report to discuss various proposals for Polavaram Project.