‘The Goverhment has already granted six extensions’
The Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) will review the Extension of Time (EOT) granted to contractor of K L Rao Sagar Pulichintala Project, a balancing reservoir between Nagarjuna Sagar and Prakasam Barrage, at Vijayawada on Friday.
The committee visited the project site to take stock of the situation on Thursday. The members interacted with irrigation engineers and representatives of the contractor, M/s Srinivasa Constructions Limited.
Later, committee chairman Revuri Prakash Reddy said that the State Government had granted six EOTs ever since the project was taken up. And the latest EOT ended by December this year. The works, however, were yet to be completed. Another EOT was imminent if the works were to be completed.
The committee would study the impact on project cost due to delay and EOTs. The validity of the EOTs would also be examined, he said, adding that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had also pointed out the delay and EOTs.
The officials told the committee members that the more than 90 per cent of the works were completed. The government issued notices to alert the agency executing the works.
The agency was asked to increase the manpower and machinery so as to meet the deadline.
The Government would be asked to grant another EOT up to June 2013.
The civil works would be completed by March 2013, and the total project would be in shape by June 2013, they explained.
Mylavaram MLA and Telugu Desam president district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, who is also member of the Committee, pointed out that the government has changed 35 Superintending Engineers ever since the project was started. The government was posting the engineers, who were on the verge of retirement.
It showed the ‘commitment’ of the government, he ridiculed. Committee members G. Jaipal Yadav, Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa and T. Bhanu Prasada Rao, Chief Engineer D. Sambaiah, and SE Kshetrabala were present.
Committee will study the impact of delay on project cost officials say more than 90 per cent of the works have been completed
Committee will study the impact of delay on project cost
officials say more than 90 per cent of the works have been completed