Centre committed to complete Polavaram project in AP : Shekhawat

Eluru (AP), March 4 : on Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that the Centre is committed towards the completion of Polavaram irrigation project, being constructed across the river Godavari with complete responsibility and it would bear all the expenses. He said the authorities have to be considerate in providing facilities to the displaced families until they get settled in the new place. The on Minister, along with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visited the project at Polavaram village on Friday and addressed displaced families. Reddy assured full support to the Polavaram displaced families who were relocated to Indukuru R&R colony in Devipatnam Mandal of East Godavari district. During his tour in Polavaram resettlement colonies along with Shekawat, the Chief Minister interacted with the relocated families and directed the R&R officials to pay more attention to rehabilitation works. The Chief Minister said that Polavaram is a lifeline for Andhra Pradesh, where the state would become more verdant after completion of the project. He said that the state government is committed to the promise made to the displaced families, where an additional Rs 3 lakh will be given to the Rs 6.8 lakh being provided by the Centre and assured to fulfill it at the earliest. Also, Reddy promised to provide Rs 3.5 lakh to those families who initially gave their lands for Rs 1.5 lakh in 2006 during Y S Rajashekara Reddy regime. Besides these, he stated that livelihood training and employment programmes will also be taken up in the R&R colonies to improve employment opport ties. Meanwhile, addressing the gathering at Taduvai R&R colony in West Godavari district, the Chief Minister said that the construction of 3,905 houses in the colony is going on full swing and soon every displaced family that contributed towards Polavaram project shall receive a house with all basic infrastructure facilities. He said that livelihood training programmes will also be conducted in the R&R colonies by taking support from the Centre and the on Minister also responded positively to the requests made by the people. Earlier, Shekhawat said the facilities in the resettlement colony were good with infrastructure facilities and stressed that there is a need to provide employment opport ties and livelihood training in these R&R colonies. He said that the Polavaram project was first proposed in the 1970s, and the work progressed during the late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s tenure. The on Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already assured to work with the State government and take responsibility for the Polavaram project where the entire construction cost would be borne by the Centre. Along with the state government, the Centre is also working in good faith to complete the first phase of the project within a year, he said, adding that justice will be done to the displaced families by accommodating them in resettlement colonies. DP CS1745

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