21-09-201821-09-2018 05:30:00 IST
Updated On 26-10-2018 10:33:14 ISTUpdated On 26-10-20182018-09-21T00:00:00.000Z21-09-2018 2018-09-21T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-10-26T05:03:14.425Z - 26-10-2018
A Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report tabled in the AP state assembly has triggered a fresh row over Polavaram project. The report stated that the deadlines set by the government for the completion of the project were ‘improbable’ and also mentioned that the land acquisition process as extremely slow.
Meanwhile, YSRCP members opined that the CAG report has further strengthened their claim that TDP government is looking only to benefit in form of kickbacks from Polavaram. “The project was taken over only to benefit from contracts and receive kickbacks and this view was endorsed by CAG. The report has also questioned the methodologies used in monitoring the expenses, which is a slap in the face of the government,” said YSRCP leader Buggana Rajendranath.
“The state has failed to meet the targets and in terms of rehabilitation, it has completed only 4% of rehabilitation which is a huge failure on the part of government,” he added.
Responding to the allegations, Irrigation Minister, Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao said that there have been no delays or irregularities on the project and the target of releasing water through gravity will be achieved on stipulated time in June 2019. He added that the officials will provide the CAG with all the clarifications.
“We will release water by completing the first phase of the project by June or July next year. We did not go out of the way to give any concessions, mobilisation advances, performance securities, excise duty and others. All the recoveries that were done too were not because of paying in excess. It was a part of the agreement and we have done it as per the agreement, he added.
Warning the YSRCP specifically not to spread lies, he said,“I warn the Opposition leaders not to spread lies to mislead the public.
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