Centre raises objections on Polavaram revised estimates

Even as they thought there could be no more queries or objections, the team of the Water Resources Department officials led by Principal Secretary Shashi Bhushan Kumar and Engineer-in-Chief M. Venkateswara Rao were confronted with another 20 objections at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday to finalise the revised estimate of the Polavaram National Irrigation Project.

In fact, the 20 objections raised by the Central Water Commission (CWC) were sent to the State on Monday night and the officials had to prepare the responses the entire forenoon.

CWC Design and Research wing Chief Engineer S.K. Haldar, who was earlier the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) chairman, headed the Central team in the discussion. The State officials said most of the “remarks” were of a “non-substantive nature”. While the quantum of land required for rehabilitation and resettlement was 1.6 lakh acres, the State government had already acquired 1.10 lakh acres. Only dynamic figures were available for the remaining 50,000 acres, officials said.

Mr. Haldar was satisfied with the response and said the CWC would forward the revised estimate to the Union Water Resources Minister on or before November 30. The Principal Secretary requested the CWC to approve the revised estimates at the earliest so that the Union government could convene a meeting of the technical advisory committee (TAC) as soon as possible.

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