ANDHRA PRADESH

Ponnala Laxmaiah, Nagam trade charges

Special Correspondent

Issue pertains to Kalwakurthy lift-irrigation



‘Contractor selected in open competition’

Ponnala denies that the firm is closed



HYDERABAD: Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah and Telugu Desam Party MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy on Monday traded charges in the Assembly over implementation of Kalwakurthy lift-irrigation scheme in Mahbubnagar district.

Irregularities

Dr. Reddy accused the State government of committing several irregularities in the scheme which Mr. Laxmaiah stoutly denied.

The former said the government entered into an agreement with the contracting firm two months ahead of sanctioning the project. In the process, an important schedule in the tender bid document was left blank to facilitate the firm to fix motors and pumps of his choice.

Mr. Laxmaiah said the contractor was selected in an open competition.

‘No truth’

There was no truth in Dr. Reddy’s claim that the firm was closed down or absorbed by another.

He also denied that the contractual agreement was superseded in execution of project.

Sharp reaction

Dr. Reddy drew sharp reaction from the Minister when the former alleged that the government appointed its `yes’ men in the high-power expert committee to have its say in the implementation of the project.

The government avoided BHEL-manufactured motors and pumps based on the committee recommendations, Dr. Reddy said.

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