Vastavam web: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that around Rs 28,000 crore alone would be sufficient for land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) for Polavaram multi-purpose project on river Godavari. Of the total cost of the project estimated to be around Rs 57,000 crore, R&R of evacuees would only require Rs 21,027 crore, the Chief Minister said while addressing a public meeting at the Polavaram project site yesterday.
While a total of 1,68,213 acres of land was needed for the project, 1,10,355 acres has so far been acquired. The Centre has so far released Rs 8,127 crore for Polavaram after it was declared a national project, he added. Earlier, Naidu had said that a sum of around 33,000 crore was required for land acquisition and the relief and rehabilitation packages.
Stating that the diaphragm wall of the project, “an important milestone” was completed in a record 414 days, Naidu announced the total project would be completed by December 2019. Likening Polavaram to Lord Venkateswara’s shrine atop Tirumala hills, the Chief Minister said everyone should visit the gigantic project “at least once in their lifetime”. “Like you visit Tirumala and seek the Lord’s blessings, everyone should come and see Polavaram that is a useful project for the future generations. It is our lifeline and only when you see it, you will believe it,” Chandrababu remarked.