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Rs. 55,548 cr. revised estimate of Polavaram Project approved

The delay in the TAC clearing the revised cost estimate became a major bone of contention between the Centre and the State.

The delay in the TAC clearing the revised cost estimate became a major bone of contention between the Centre and the State.  

It coincides with Chandrababu Naidu’s protest in New Delhi

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Central Water Commission (CWC) approved the Polavaram Project revised cost estimates (RCE) of Rs. 55,548 crore in New Delhi on Monday. The TAC under the chairmanship of U.P. Singh approved the second detailed project report (DPR-2) at the 2017-18 price level.

Polavaram Project Chief Engineer Sridhar Veeramachineni told The Hindu that the cost of the project was estimated to be Rs. 16,010.45 crore at the 2010-11 level and the State government had submitted a revised estimate of Rs. 57,940.86 crore at 2013-14 level. The TAC however approved the 2017-18 level. The estimate will now have to be approved by the Union Finance Ministry and sent to the Union Cabinet for final approval. The approval by the TAC is supposed to be the most crucial. The delay in approval of the RCE has cost Andhra Pradesh dearly with the State spending Rs. 3,866.79 crore in advance.

The delay in the TAC clearing the revised cost estimate became a major bone of contention between the Centre and the State among several other things. State Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said the RCE at 2013-14 price level was submitted to the Centre in April 2014 itself.

The TAC approving the RCE on the very day Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu staged a dharna in New Delhi is being seen as a “strange coincidence” by observers. Mr. Naidu last week made a mention in the Assembly of the delay in the RCE approval and said he would highlight it in the New Delhi dharna.

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