Andhra Pradesh

Water Resources Dept. gets award for Polavaram planning

The project is the biggest under construction in the country, according to the Engineer-in-Chief.

The project is the biggest under construction in the country, according to the Engineer-in-Chief.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMBABU

Faced several challenges in the execution: project official

The Department of Water Resources (WR) had been conferred the highly prestigious Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) Award 2019 in the water resources category for its planning, implementation and monitoring of the Polavaram project, said Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao here on Thursday.

He told the media that the CBIP awards were instituted in 1927 and given away by the President or the Prime Minister.

Engineer-in-Chief M Venkateswara Rao said the department would be presented the Award in New Delhi on January 4.

It was given in recognition of the meticulous planning, implementation and monitoring of the Polavaram project which was the biggest project under construction in the country, he said.

Several challenges were faced in the excavation and concrete work for spill channel, spillway and the construction of the earth-cum-rock-filled (ECRF) dam right from the foundation stage and in the execution of unique work like the diaphragm wall and jet grouting, he said.

Dig at YSRCP

Mr. Rao said though several organisations like the CBIP and the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) were full of praise for the project execution and the efforts of the State Government, leaders of the main Opposition the YSR Congress continued to make baseless allegations.

An MP of the party had gone to the extent of “twisting” the reply made in Parliament by a Union Minister to malign the execution, he said.

Legal action would be initiated against the Opposition leaders to counter the “baseless allegations”, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao said.

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