The officials informed the Chief Minister that this week, 0.1 lakh cubic metre of earthwork was excavated, and 3,876 cubic metres of concrete was laid for the spillway and stilling basin. 19.6 metres of the diaphragm wall was also completed this week. Overall, 39% of the head works have been completed. Other main components of the dam that have shown consistent progress are the diaphragm wall (68%), radial gates (58%) and the jet grouting for the Cofferdam (78%). Water Resources Secretary Shashi Bhushan said that the minutes of these weekly review meetings and the project status updates are regularly updated on the Polavaram and the Water Resources Department websites.
The Chief Minister asked the contractors in charge of the Left Main Canal to ensure faster progress and asked for a detailed plan and date of completion by next Monday. Officials from Transstroy India Ltd. informed the Chief Minister that they have transferred all the equipment and machinery for better progress.
Secretary Shashi Bhushan said that last week ₹603 crore has been reimbursed from the Government of India, and ₹470.44 crore more has been released and reached NABARD, and will reach the state within the week. The total expenditure incurred up to December 31, 2017, is ₹12,915.38 crore. The amount reimbursed by the GoI up to February 9, 2018, is ₹4,932.26 crore.
Out of all the 28 priority projects, 7 have been inaugurated and 6 of them will be inaugurated during the 116 days of Jalasamrakshana Udyama Spoorthi. The 6 projects are 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.
The Chief Minister also said that the 116-day programme must include a presentation of the progress report of the department and the impact of the projects on water levels. He spoke to all the Chief Engineers on a video conference and discussed the progress on priority as well as non-priority projects. The Korisapadu Lift Irrigation Scheme will be completed by March 31, 2018; the Gundlakamma Reservoir will be completed in the third week of February and will be inaugurated in March when there is a movement of water. Kondaveetivagu Pumping Scheme (Flood Diversion) will be ready to inaugurate in April, and the roadworks in State Highway 31 will be completed by March 31.
The Chief Minister insisted that the progress on the Nelluru and Sangam Barrages must be made more efficient, and they should ready by June 2018 and the Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme should be ready for inauguration by March 15, 2018. He asked officials to aim to complete the Mallemadugu Reservoir by June 2018, which was initially going to be ready in August. He also said that we need to ensure that our projects fulfill any shortage or water requirement faced by the agriculture sector and the citizens of the state.
The Chief Minister requested the Forest department officials to approve all the required clearances for the Sri Balaji Reservoir, the Venugopalasagar Reservoir, and the Velugonda Project. They informed him that with 36,915 sq km, Andhra Pradesh now has 30% green cover, and standing at 1st rank, followed by Karnataka and Kerala.
Officials reported that the ground water, which is currently at 11.11m will decrease to 12.75m by May 2018. In May 2017, the ground water was much less, at 14.79m. The Chief Minister said that the aim is to reach a water level of 8m during the next season. He said that if the conservation systems and structures are in place, if there is good rainfall and if our other projects are moving forward, our water table will immediately reflect positively and he also reviewed the plan of installing Rain Water Harvesting Systems (RWHS) across all districts as a part of Neeru Chettu, a flagship programme.