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The Andhra Pradesh government is installing CCTV cameras around the Polavaram project to monitor the progress of work 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 being constructed in West and East Godavari districts. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has set a deadline of 2018-end for its completion.
The CM will monitor 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 Monday, Naidu directed officials to arrange CCTV cameras using optical fiber network for round-the-clock surveillance of the project site.
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The CM asked for strengthening security measures at the project site. He directed the officials to set up facial recognition and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) bands to identify the work force.
Officials said that the government will also start Relief and Rehabilitation works immediately as Rs 3,000 crore 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 will be submerged. As many as 1,88,012 people are expected to lose their livelihood.
Officials said 28 lakh cubic metre of earth work and 564 lakh cubic metre spillway work has been completed so far.
They added that 18 lakh cubic metre of concrete works and 79 lakh cubic metre of earth-cum-rock fill dam work is yet to be completed.