Work could not be taken in some packages of the Krishna Delta Modernisation because of “tree pattas and existence of old trees”. This is one of the nine constraints that will be used to justify delay in the Krishna Delta Projects at a special review meeting to be held by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at Hyderabad on Thursday.
The Irrigation Department officials in a PowerPoint programme prepared for the Chief Minister have cited even such flimsy grounds for the inordinate delay in taking up modernisation works.
The State Government granted administrative approval for works valued at Rs. 4,573 crore for modernisation of irrigation and drainage system in the Krishna Delta. Approval has been given to irrigation packages valued at Rs. 2,533.5 crore, drainage packages worth Rs. 1,281.5 crore and Rs. 105.64 crore for dredging and other components.
Top on the list of constraints being faced for completion of the project was time.
As per the agreement the period of long closure was seven months and short closure was 70 days. The time available actually was much less. Non-availability of sand, need for land acquisition, need to remove encroachments, need for technical staff and need for monthly payments from the government are some of the other constraints listed.
Problems in disposal of excavated earth, canals being used for disposal of municipal liquid waste and cost escalation were also listed as constraints.