Release Polavaram arrears immediately: AP CM to Centre

Vastavam web: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu demanded Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation, to take immediate action to expedite approval of Revised Cost Estimate and arrange immediate release of funds for reimbursement of balance expenditure of Rs.3,722.04 crores. This letter gained importance as Gadkari was in Vijayawada on Monday and claiming that the Central government extended full cooperation in construction of the project.

So far 54.33% of works of Headworks, 90% of Right Main Canal works and 67.37% of Left Main Canal works are completed. Altother, 64.31% of overall project is completed so far with a total expenditure of Rs. 15,585.17 crores. Since then, there is no reimbursement of expenditure already incurred by the State Government so far. A balance amount of Rs.3,722.04 crores is to be reimbursed till now,’’ he stated in the letter.

The Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of the project was submitted to CWC for scrutiny and according sanction on 16th August, 2017. The replies to all the observations of CWC were submitted. It is still under scrutiny in CWC. Any further delay in sanction of RCE of the Project, will delay the reimbursement of expenditure by Government of India which in turn will adversely affect the present pace of progress of works including Land Acquisition and R & R works, the letter said. Naidu recollected Gadkari’s previous visit to the Project site in July 2018 when he had promised to extend all support including timely release of funds to complete the project by February 2019. We have been leaving no stone unturned to speed up works on all fronts for scheduled completion of the Project, the Chief Minister explained.