The Andhra Pradesh Government is installing CCTV cameras around the Polavaram Project so that the progress of work could be monitored round the clock. The Polavaram Project, a multi-purpose irrigation project on Godavari river, which was recently given national project status by the Centre, is coming up in West and East Godavari districts and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has set a deadline of 2018 end for its completion.
The CM will be monitoring the pace and progress of work from the command and control centre in the CMO at the new Temporary Secretariat at Velagapudi in Amaravati. Sources said that in a review meeting today, Naidu directed officials to arrange CCTV cameras using optical fiber network for round the clock surveillance of project site. The Chief Minister inspected the progress of Polavaram project works on Monday along with Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and irrigation officials.
CM also asked to strengthen the security measures at Polavaram project. He directed the officials to set up facial recognition and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) bands to identify the work force.
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Officials said that the government will also start Relief and Rehabilitation works immediately as Rs 3,000 crores has been released under the first phase. Talking to The Indian Express, Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that it is estimated that around 371 villages in 8 mandals of East and West Godavari districts are to be covered under R&R package of the Polavaram project. About 54 per cent of tribal region of Devipatnam mandal and 77 per cent of Kunavaram and 60 per cent of Chintoor and 72 per cent area of VR Puram mandal, 52 per cent of Etapaka mandal of East Godavari district will be submerged once Polavaram project is completed.
In West Godavari district, 41 per cent of area in Polavaram mandal, 69 per cent in Polarapadu and 55 per cent in Kukunuru covering 55,799 hectares of land to be submerged. As many as 1,88,012 people are expected to lose their livelihood.
As per 2011 census 26,200 SCs and 89,827 STs are to be rehabilitated. Of the total 1,80,906.46 acres needed for Polavaram project, the government has acquired 86,421 acres so far spending Rs 1,771 crores. The government has to acquire 94,445 acres at a cost of Rs 9866 cr.
Officials said 28 lakh cubic metres of earth work and 564 lakh cubic metres spillway work has been completed so far. They said 18 lakh cubic metres of concrete works and 79 lakh cubic metres of earth-cum-rock fill dam work is yet to be completed. “We estimate that by 2018 water will be supplied to Polavaram left and right canals through gravity,” Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said.