Special Correspondent

Congress MLAs urge Chief Minister to expedite the two projects

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday asked Irrigation Department officials to allocate Rs. 300 crores each for Indirasagar (Polavaram) and Rajivsagar (Dummugudem) projects in the next budget. Dr. Reddy was talking to Congress MLAs from Khammam district Jalagam Venkata Rao, Vanama Venkateswara Rao and Ramreddy Venkat Reddy, who urged him to expedite the projects.

He assured them the tender process of both projects would be finalised by February.

The works would begin in March.

The total project cost of Indirasagar was Rs. 1,864 crores, while that of Rajivsagar was Rs. 1,681 crores.

Dr. Reddy, who is also the chairman of the steering committee of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for urban infrastructure and governance and Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), reviewed the projects costing Rs 1,882 crores in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The Government of India released Rs 266 crores as the first instalment for the sanctioned projects.

In all, 22 projects estimated at Rs 2,995.79 crores had been approved by the committee. Municipal Administration Minister Koneru Ranga Rao, Vijayawada East MLA Vangaveeti Radhakrishna, mayors and municipal commissioners participated in the review.