Tadepalli: Minister for Water Resources Anil Kumar Yadav said the government would start the Polavaram project works today by performing Bhoomi Puja as declared by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy earlier.
Addressing media at YSRCP central office here on Friday on the occasion of State Formation Day, he expressed happiness that the High Court on Thursday has vacated the stay given by a lower court on the Polavaram project.
The minister said the CM was taking up all the projects in the right earnest and with a positive approach. He said the new agency, which has been given the contract to undertake the Polavaram project works, would commence the works, and were keen on completing the project within two years.
He said the High Court verdict is a justification of the government's stance and dismissed the aspersions cast by the Opposition leaders on Polavaram project as being politically motivated. He said the project work would be completed in the stipulated time and so is the case with all other projects taken up by the government. He said all the projects launched by Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy would be completed by his son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
He said that the previous TDP government had boasted of completing the Polavaram project, but had done nothing between 2014 and 2017 and only completed the spillway in the past two years and kept on telling lies that it had completed the whole project.
The minister said 86% of the projects in the state are filled to the brim thanks to copious rainfall for the past three months and that the government would take the best available options for completing all the projects.
Meanwhile Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) conducted the Polavaram dam project Bhoomi Puja on Friday.
They conducted the event at spillway Number 18 in the presence of the Water resources Department EE Yesubabu along with other officers of the Irrigation department. MEIL was the sole bidder in the reverse tendering process . The earlier budget of the project was Rs 4,987 crore, while the MEIL proposed to complete it a cost of Rs 4,358 crore which was 12.6% less than what was proposed earlier.