Vastavam web: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said water for irrigation from the Polavaram project would be released from the Kharif agricultural season in (June) 2022. The Chief Minister conducted an aerial survey of the project on Monday and later held a high-level meeting to review the ongoing works, after inspecting the spillway. The state government has also been repeatedly knocking on the Centres doors for reimbursement of Rs 1,778.88 crore already spent on the project works. The Chief Minister addressed a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue in late October.
The Jagan Mohan Reddy administration targeted completion of first phase R and R by February or March 2021 and estimated that Rs 3,330 crore would be required for this, though the revised cost estimates of Polavaram were yet to be approved by the Centre. According to the Chief Minister, 120 tmc ft of water would be impounded in Polavaram, at a height of 41.5 m in the first phase, once the dam was built.
The Chief Minister also wanted works on the 960 MW hydroelectric plant, part of Polavaram, to be taken up simultaneously so that the whole project goes ahead as planned. “We should finish all major works by December 2021 and complete any leftover minor works before June 2022 so that we can supply water for irrigation from Kharif 2022,” Jagan added.