Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to complete Polavaram spill channel project before the rainy season.

Chairing a review meeting on irrigation projects, Jagan called for expediting the excavation works of the spill channel. He said the next 45 days are crucial and works should be done efficiently and at a brisk pace.

Officials assured the chief minister that the works of filling gaps in cofferdam and approach channel are progressing at a brisk pace and will be completed by May. Reviewing Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) works of the project, he said the government is taking all possible steps along with the release of funds for completing the projects including Polavaram on time.

Jagan also reviewed other projects including Nellore Barrage, Sangam Barrage, Owk Tunnel-2, Veligonda Head Regulator-1, Veligonda Head Regulator-2, Tunnel-2, and other works in the Veligonda project, Vamshadara- Nagavali link, and Vamshadara Phase-2, Stage-2.

Officials said Nellore Barrage and Sangam Barrage would be completed by May. They said the chemical pouring works of Owk Tunnel 2 are at a brisk pace and would be completed by August. They said the tunnels would be ready to carry a total of 20,000 cusecs of water by August.

Officials said the works of Tunnel-1 of the Veligonda project are completed and that of Tunnel-2 would be over by December. Steps are being taken to release water through the Veligonda Tunnel-1 by September, they said.

Officials said Vamsadhara Nagavali, Vansadhara Phase-2, Stage-2 works will be completed by July. The Chief Minister directed the officials to focus on the construction of Neradi Barrage and resolving the issue with Odisha regarding the construction.

The Chief Minister said priority should be given to Mahendra Tanaya, Madduvalasa Phase-2, and Tarakarama Sagar projects. Reviewing Rayalaseema, Palnadu Drought Mitigation projects, the Chief Minister said to prepare an action plan to move forward regarding the projects.

Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, Irrigation Secretary J Shyamala Rao, Finance Principal Secretary SS Rawat, ENC C Narayana Reddy and other senior officials were present.

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