Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to pursue the Polavaram project and relief and resettlement works of the displaced families simultaneously and there should not be any compromise in quality of works including R&R Colonies. Instructing officials to have a special officer to monitor rehabilitation work, the CM said that quality of work should not be compromised and resettlement colonies should have all facilities before the displaced families are shifted.

The officials told the chief minister that of the 90 habitations affected by the project, 48 were now ready for resettlement. The officials also assured that resettlement of these habitations would be done by August 2021. The CM, who met the officials and representatives of contractor after inspecting the gates and spillway, was also briefed about the ongoing project work. The officials told him that 42 out of 48 gates were already built and the remaining six would be completed in the next couple of months.

The Chief Minister said that infrastructure works like construction of roads and social development works should be completed soon. The Chief Minister said there was a possibility of construction of colonies getting delayed if floods occur. If that happens, the works may be affected till November or December as they will have to wait for flood water to recede.

Jagan, who took up an aerial survey of the Polavaram project works, said it can be completed as per schedule provided the Centre clears all the pending bills. The State Government had so far spent Rs 2,300 crore from its own funds despite financial problems. He asked the party MPs to take up the issue with the Centre and see that the dues were cleared at the earliest. The officials said Earth-Cum Rock Fill (ECRF) dam area has been damaged by the floods because of gaps in lower coffer dam and designs would be finalised to complete ECRF dam works.

“If there is any negligence in the quality of works or if there are any repairs to the houses which have already been constructed, they should not neglect but rectify the works and show quality to them. In such situations, the officials should take up the work again, even if it means escalation in cost,” he said, adding that the government was ready to spend another Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crores to the R&R colonies.

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