The head works of the Rs. 16,010-crore Polavaram project will be divided again, but this time into two packages and handed over to the Irrigation and AP Genco for faster implementation.

This amounts to reverting to the previous mode of implementing the works which were stopped abruptly by the YSR government on the ground that there was lack of coordination between the multiple agencies executing the work.

The government has now decided to pool all the head works and award them to a single agency.

A proposal to this effect was approved by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy while reviewing the progress of Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella projects here on Monday.

Package I, which will comprise spillway (including crest-gates), earth-cum-rockfill dam, approach and spill-way channels, excavation of the foundation for the project's 960-MW hydro-electric station, hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical and other civil works, will be implemented by Irrigation Department.

Package II comprising the power block and the powerhouse will be constructed by AP Genco.

Accordingly, the Irrigation & CAD Department and the AP Genco may invite global tenders soon to implement their respective packages or may prefer to do the work themselves.

Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy told this correspondent later that the tenders to implement Polavaram works would be issued soon through Irrigation Department and AP Genco, now that the Chief Minister had cleared the plan to divide works.

The Chief Minister had given the green signal to go ahead with Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella.

He said agreements had been signed on all the 28 packages of Pranahita-Chevella (cost Rs. 38,600 crore). Designs were being prepared for the main canal and tunnels after a survey.

Officials told the Chief Minister that Pranahita-Chevella was taken up along with Lendi and Lower Penganga projects which were being constructed as inter-state projects with cost and benefits being shared by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, under the Godavari Water Disputes Award.