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Jagan urged Narendra Modi to expedite Polavaram project
Narendra Ch | 30 Mar 2015

YSR Congress President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today urged the PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to expedite the Polavaram project to allay fears on its completionbesides opposing the Shantakumar Committee Report which will adversely affect farmers insecuring MSP.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Prime Minister along with seven Party MPs in New Delhi, he said; "we have given representations on the two issues besides reminding the points we raised on capital formation, special status, special railway zones and others which we have told him during our earlier meeting."He said Prime Minister's response was positive and cordial.

The leader of opposition told the Prime Minister the people of the state fear that Polavaram would be put in cold storage with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu taking up Pattiseema, as the two projects run parallel in aims and objectives of diverting Godavari flood waters to Krishna delta and to Rayalaseema. The Chief Minister has cleared way for Pattiseema at the pre-qualification level itself for people close to him to get the contract though they have quoted 21.9 % higher than the actual bid.

He reminded that the contract was awarded to favour them and he is justifying the excess quote as a bonus for completing the project in one year. Irony is that the tender itself was called to complete the project in one year. Such an irregularity in bids in unprecedented, he said.

"We have also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister about the clauses 7(e) and 7(f) of Godavari River Waters Dispute Tribunal which says that once the Polavaram project gets the nod of CWC, upper riparian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka can stop 35 TMC water to our stateand can also stake claim in the Krishna waters", he added.

With Pattiseema running parallel to Polavaram what if the neighbouring states press for implementing the two clauses, he said adding that there is no storage facility for the Godavari water diverted to Krishna delta and to Rayalaseema thereon. The projects like Galeru-Nagari, Hundri-Neeva and others aimed at developing storage capacity are ignored by the TDP government as the allocation of funds is sufficient only for maintenance and not for completing them. He recalled that Polavaram is designed to serve the purpose of developing storage facilities and with Pattiseemabeing pushed by the State, we stand to lose if the neighbouring states quote the clauses from the Godavari Tribunal and restrict water flow into our state, he said.