Chandrababu Naidu said that the government will be installing close circuit television cameras (CCTV) using optical fibre network, around the Polavaram project to monitor the progress of the work 24×7. The CM has set 2018 as the deadline for completion of the project.
The project was recently given national project status by the Centre. The total cost of the project is Rs. 288 billion, and the entire project is being funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
The CM also asked the officials to strengthen security measures at the project site. Facial recognition and radio frequency identification (RFID) bands will also be installed to identify the workforce. The CM will monitor the progress of the work from the command and control centre in chief minister’s office (CMO) in Amravati.
The state’s Minister for Irrigation, Command Area Development and Water Resources Management, Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, said that relief and rehabilitation works will also start soon as Rs. 30 billion has already been released under the first phase. He said that around 371 villages in eight mandals of the East and West Godavari districts would be covered under the relief and rehabilitation package. In East Godavari district, around 54 per cent area of tribal region of Devipatnam mandal, 77 per cent area of Kunavaram mandal, 60 per cent area of Chintoor mandal, 72 per cent area of V. R. Puram mandal and 52 per cent area of Etapaka mandal will be inundated after the completion of the project.
In the West Godavari district, about 41 per cent area in the Polavaram mandal, 69 per cent area in Polarapadu mandal and 55 per cent area in Kukunuru mandal covering 55,799 hectares of land will be inundated. Once the project is completed, around 188,012 people are expected to lose their livelihood.
As per media reports, 2.8 million cubic meter earth work and 5.4 million cubic meter spillway work has been completed and 1.8 million cubic meter concrete works and 7.9 million cubic meter earth-cum-rock fill dam work is to be completed.