Staff Reporter

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman writes to the MP

Rajahmundry: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of India, in a letter to Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Aruna Kumar, has informed him that the commission has accorded investment clearance for Indira Sagar (Polavaram) multipurpose project for an estimate cost of Rs.10,151.0452 crores.

Mr. Aruna Kumar distributed the copies of the letter to media persons at a press conference on Tuesday. He recalled that surveys were done for the project by Sir Arthur Cotton, when he had constructed barrage at Dowleswaram. Except the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government, no one has taken up this huge project which would take another one-and-half year for completion. Rebutting the allegations that were being continuously made by TRS leaders on the Polavaram, the MP said that people of Andhra area were not looting water from any one.

He said that 2,500 TMC of Godavari water was going waste into sea every year and with Polavaram project the State government wants to use only 200 TMC of water.

He said that if the TRS leaders want to build any project across the river Godavari in Telangana, one third of Telangana region would submerge and there was no gravity in that region. Only lift irrigation schemes were feasible in Telangana for which the State government tried and implemented.

Relief package

When reporters asked about the relief and rehabilitation package, the MP admitted that there were loopholes in implementation of the package in some submergible areas and the State government would rectify such mistakes after the elections. He also admitted that displaced people under the Bhupatipalem and Soorampalem projects would be shown right livelihood very soon.