S. Harpal Singh
State to seek ‘National Project’ status for PCSS which may result in delay in the execution
ADILABAD: There is more hope than scope for speedy work on the Rs. 38,000 crore Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Pranahita-Chevella Sujala Sravanthi (PCSS) project despite the Congress having been returned to power for a second consecutive term.
The State government has decided to accord priority to irrigation projects where 75 per cent of completion has been achieved like in the case of Yellampally project.
At a review meeting held at the State Secretariat a couple of days back, it is learnt the government has decided to seek ‘National Project’ status for the PCSS as also Dummugudem tail pond and Polavaram with a view of getting Central financial commitment for these ambitious ventures. Such an effort will however, result in delay in the execution of the projects, experts reveal.
Before an irrigation facility can be considered a National Project, the agency concerned should get different kinds of clearances for the given project, a process that consumes enormous time. The PCSS still being at the investigative stage, the State government’s first task is to obtain feasibility clearance as soon as possible.
Though Rs. 6 crore has been released as mobilisation advance, the drawings and designs of the project have yet to be submitted according to sources in the Irrigation Department.
Only the ‘hydraulic particulars’ of a 15 km gravity canal and line on field in package 2 have been approved so far, sources point out.
Cooperation from neighbouring Maharashtra State seems to be a major problem, given the stated opposition to the PCSS in that State. The reservoir of the PCSS barrage will ‘encroach’ on Maharashtra territory that encompasses a few habitations.
The tricky question of rehabilitation of these villages and those on the AP side of the border will need to be answered quickly.
Land acquisition for the barrage and canals is likely to be a part of this major hurdle for the project in near future.
Though a detailed report on the extent of land to be acquired has been worked out, the rate of compensation has not been.