Fate of Polavaram Project to be decided by a Central Expert Committee in 15 days
- Central Government has decided to look into the progress of the Polavaram Project
- It appointed an Expert Committee asking them to submit a report within 15 days
- The fate of the project will be decided soon
Central Government took a decision to personally look into the progress of Polavaram Project after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu demanded for a change of contractor for the completion of the project at a fast pace.
But the Central Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari is not willing to change the contractor as the budget would increase from Rs 16,000 crores to Rs 53,000 crores with the new contractor.
The Polavaram Project had been given to Transstroy India Pvt Ltd which doesn’t have the capacity to handle the project. The State government took this decision as Transstroy belonged to TDP (Telugu Desam Party) Narasaraopet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao.
The Contractor withdrew funds for the project but failed to work on it. Chandrababu realised the futility of depending on Transstroy and is demanding for a change of contractor.
So the Centre has appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Narmada Control Authority Council Executive Member Dr Mukesh Kumar Sinha. The committee will study the work done till date, financial issues, change in contractor and other issues.
The committee will meet with Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday in New Delhi and then visit Polavaram. The future of Polavaram will be decided in 15 days.