AMARAVATI: The prestigious Multipurpose Polavaram project built on river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh is quickly evolving into one of the largest irrigation projects in the country. The uniqueness of this project is that it is being built in such a manner that it can sustain water flow of 50 lakh cusecs ,which is much higher than 3 gorges dam in China. This concrete spillway dam will provide irrigation facilities for more than 7 lakh acres of land and drinking water facilities to the surrounding Godavari region.
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) Government is giving high priority to complete the project using sophisticated engineering technologies and scientific methods. This prestigious national project has gained new pace with the use of advanced engineering models used for irrigation projects. MEIL (Megha Engineering Infrastructures Limited), is taking massive efforts towards carving this world’s largest spillway project before the deadline.
The first proposal to build the dam on Godavari River to store surplus water that flows into the sea was first initiated in 1941 during the British rule.
Much later, under the aegis of late chief minister, Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy took up the initiative and started the construction of Polavaram Project. During his period the right and left canals construction was completed.
After the state bifurcation in 2014, Polavaram dam acquired National Status. However, in the TDP's tenure the then CM N Chandrababu Naidu completely failed to make any progress in construction of the project. The development of the project was irregular and there was no progress in the key works on the project Only a few spillways and the cofferdam were built. There was nothing else done beyond this. He gave more priority on the construction of cofferdam and tried to fill it with floodwater. But it was quite against the engineering approach of irrigation projects. Cofferdam is a temporary structure, which is built for the diversion of water in the main reservoir during the construction of the dam.
In 2019, YSRCP came into power and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was elected as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, after which he took up the Polavaram Project as a prestigious project in the interest of the people of AP. He called for reverse tendering and the Government saved more than ₹800 crore after the project construction work was awarded to Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Ltd. (MEIL).
After taking up the project construction work in November 2019, MEIL wasted no time and took all steps to use the resources effectively and productively. As of now, all efforts are being carried out to pool up the expertise and resources to accomplish the project within the stipulated time. It demonstrated its determination again in executing such prestigious projects in a time-bound manner.
Despite the Corona pandemic and massive floods recently, Polavaram project work is nearing completion as per the deadlines set by YSRCP government. Several engineering projects are now underway, and it is now believed that the Polavaram project will be completed on time by 2021 and will set new standards in the field of irrigation project construction.