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Tenders issued for AP irrigation projects

Our Bureau

Hyderabad , Aug. 20

THE Major Irrigation Department of Andhra Pradesh has issued tender notices for seven major projects consisting of 22 packages and costing Rs 4,060 crore. The department would be issuing tender notices to other projects in 15 to 20 days, according to the State Irrigation Principal Secretary, Dr C.V.S.K. Sarma.

At a review meeting on irrigation, Dr. Sarma informed the Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, that tenders were issued for Rs 1,300 crore worth of works pertaining to Polavaram Right Canal, Rs 270 crore for Thotapalli, Rs 440 crore Gandikota Reservoir, Rs 70 crore Lingala Canal, Rs 925 crore Telugu Ganga, Rs 505 crore for flood flow canal, and Rs 550 crore works of Yellampalli project.

According to an official release, Dr Sarma informed the Chief Minister that the State Government had to acquire 4.5 lakh acres for completing all the proposed 31 irrigation projects.

On the medium irrigation front, the officials informed the Chief Minister that 83 projects were completed so far. Out of these, 30 were in Andhra, 32 in Telangana, and 21 in the Rayalaseema regions. There were 15 ongoing projects, including 10 in Andhra, one in Rayalaseema and four in Telangana regions. These apart, 13 medium irrigation projects were completed. All the pending and proposed projects would be completed in two years' time.

Similarly, the Government had decided to complete in two years, eight major irrigation projects including the Vamsadhara Stage II, Tadipudi Phase I, Pushkaram Lift Irrigation schemes, Somasila Project, Telugu Ganga, Godavari Lift Irrigation Phase I, Ali Sagar Lift Irrigation scheme and Gupta Lift Irrigation scheme.

The Chief Minister told the officials that getting money for the projects was not difficult and directed the officials to finalise the tenders at an early date so as to start work by October. He asked the officials to follow due procedures in calling for tenders and finalising them.

Dr. Reddy wanted to limit excess quoting in tenders to a maximum of 5 per cent on the estimate. He also directed the officials to monitor the progress of works from time to time and send a monthly status report on all major works to his office.

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