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Expert panel likely to submit report on Polavaram Irrigation Project to CM Jagan Reddy today

CM Jagan Reddy also found faults with the way that several components of the Pollavaram project were awarded on nomination basis.

Published: 06th July 2019 03:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2019 03:45 PM   |  A+A-

Row erupts in AP over mega Polavaram project

Row erupts in AP over mega Polavaram project | (Pollavaram Project_ANI)

By Express News Service

VIJAYWADA: An expert committee constituted to look into the engineering works awarded during
the previous TDP government under Chandrababu Naidu, is likely to meet Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday and submit its observations and recommendations on Polavaram Irrigation Project. Speculation is rife that the Chief Minister after the committee presents its report to him, may order reverse tendering of the project.

Soon after constituting the committee, Jagan told its members to examine the proceedings of the national project, which was not a part of their task given, on priority. He told them to identify the lapses so that public money could be saved by plugging them. Jagan also found fault with the way that several components of the project were awarded on nomination basis to close aides of former CM Chandrababu
Naidu.

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One of the members of the committee said that preliminary examination had revealed anomalies in the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract signed and that the same would be reported to the CM. The YSRC leaders too, on multiple occasions, on the tendering process, alleged large scale irregularities in the project.

Since the YSRC government had ordered the cancellation of Polavaram Hydroelectric Power (HEP) plant contract awarded to Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd (NECL) and went for reverse tendering, sources said that the Chief Minister may also go with the same procedure for the irrigation project as well. 

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