Polavaram Project reached an overall progress of 53 percent

Amaravati, Feb 5 : The construction of Polavaram irrigation project, across the river Godavari, has reached an overall progress of 53 per cent, reviewed by the Chief Minister here on Monday.
The officials told the Chief Minister that the Project has reached an overall progress of 53 per cent which includes the head works, the Right Main Canal and the Left Main Canal. The total expenditure incurred up to December 31, 2017 is Rs. 12,915 crore.
The officials informed the CM that 71 per cent of the excavation for the spillway and spill channel has been completed, i.e., 750 lakh cubic metres out of 1,055 lakh cubic metres. 30.3 per cent of the concreting for the spillway and the stilling basin is completed, accounting for 4.97 lakh cubic metres out of 16.39 lakh cubic metres.
Overall, 39 per cent of the head works have been completed. Other main components of the dam that have shown consistent progress are the diaphragm wall (66 per cent), radial gates (58 per cent) and the jet grouting for the Coffer dam (78 per cent).
The right main canal has shown good progress with 91 per cent completion, and 60 per cent of the left main canal has been completed.
This week, 0.82 lakh cubic metre of earthwork was excavated, and 5,314 cubic metres of concrete was laid for the spillway and stilling basin. 18.8 metres of the diaphragm wall was also completed this week. The Pogonda Reservoir in West Godavari, the Pedapalem Lift Irrigation Scheme, the Chinasana Lift Irrigation Scheme, the Owk Tunnel, Gorakallu Balancing Reservoir and the Pulikanuma Lift Irrigation Scheme are complete and ready for inauguration.
Officials informed the Chief Mister that last year, the ground water table had decreased, from 12.11 m to 14.79 m. This year, the forecast expects an increase from 14.79 m to 12.91 m. The Chief Minister suggested that these measurements should also include a way to measure the quality of water.
“In these meetings, officials from the forest and horticulture departments, MI tanks implementation teams and NREGA should also be present”, he said. He instructed them to present the water audits of villages on a monthly basis, along with the presentations of the health profiles, village infrastructure and other reports.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government will conduct a state-wide awareness programme on water conservation, called Jala Samrakshana Udyama Spoorthi from February 12 to June 7. This programme will be held for the second time, and include the inauguration of some priority projects during the period.

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