The Chief Minister caught up with the progress of Polavaramthrough reports submitted by the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) on Monday. He also announced that the ‘Jalasiriki Haarathi’ program will be held on 6th, 7th and 8th of September as a tribute to nature. This program is an effort to renew a connection with the citizens of AP with nature and sensitize them about projects taken up across the state for irrigation.
Polavaram Project News
The PPA held a meeting on 24th August to discuss the progress on the design, construction, and other aspects and submitted the reports to the Chief Minister during the 38th virtual inspection of Polavaram. The PPA meeting included Minister DevineniUmamaheswara Rao, Polavaram Dam Design Committee Chairman A. B. Pandya, Committee Member Dinesh Bhargava and Principal Secretary for Water Resource Sashi Bhushan Kumar among others.
This week, 2.5 lakh cubic meters of earthwork was excavated and 21,226 cubic meters of concrete was laid for the spillway and stilling basin. 15 arm girders and all the skin plates of the radial gates were fabricated. Out of 1,055 lakh cubic meters, only 307 lakh cubic meters are remaining to be excavated.
An excavator from Triveni working on 902 Hill, will become fully operational next week ensuring a high weekly target of 4.2 lakh cubic meters. Out of a total 34.04 lakh cubic meters, 31.62 lakh cubic meters of concrete work is remaining. Although this week has achieved the highest weekly standard, there will be a shortfall compared to the previous month. While August’s cumulative has been 57,084 cubic meters, July had a cumulative total of 78,860 cubic meters. The Chief Minister insisted, “There needs to be a detailed action plan to achieve this target of concrete work. While only 3,050 cubic meters per day is a good average, it must increase to 4,000 to 5,000. Even if it requires more budgeting, work on Polavaram must speed up.”
The order for hydraulic cylinders with the capacity of 200 metric tonnes has been placed by Transstroy. The aggregate cooling plant will be completed by 15th September and the jet grouting will commence on 1st October and be completed by the end of April. 51,000 acres in West Godavari region has been acquired using strategies designed to protect interests of tribal communities like land-for-land and land-for-housing colonies.
Weather Forecast ISRO officials reported to the Chief Minister that Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts have received adequate and more rainfall, which will continue for the next few days. However, the forecast says that they will reduce in September, possibly resulting in a short dry spell during the second week.
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