Andhra Pradesh govt urges Centre to release reimbursement funds for Polavaram project

South India

 Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has assured to reimburse the pending funds to the tune of Rs4,000 crore spent by the Andhra Pradesh government on Polavaram national project.


A delegation of the YSRC MPs and officials from the State government, led by Water Resources Minister P Anil Kumar Yadav, called on the Union Minister in New Delhi on Monday. 

They submitted a memorandum to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, seeking the release of the pending funds and apprised him of the status of various irrigation projects in the State. 

Anil Kumar was accompanied by YSR Congress Members of Parliament (MPs) PV Midhun Reddy, G Madhav and Krishna Devarayalu.

"I requested the Union Minister to release Polavaram project's reimbursement funds as early as possible. He assured to release funds of Rs 4,000 crores in two or three days. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is conducting the Polavaram project works even at the time of floods", he said after the meeting.

"The Centre's aim is to complete the project by December 2021. Further, rehabilitation and resettlement package should be settled soon. I discussed with him the benefits of Krishna River projects to the drought-ridden Rayalaseema region. There are few issues to be resolved with Telangana," he added.

“Shekhawat has responded positively and said the date for apex council meeting will be fixed soon”, he added.

Polavaram is a multipurpose project being built on river Godavari. 

With inputs from Agency

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