Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday visited the Polavaram project and asked officials to focus on rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced families. He also interacted with people displaced by the project.

The Chief Minister inspected the gates and spillway of the project before meeting officials and representatives of the contractor. The officials told him that 42 of the 48 gates were already erected and added the remaining six will be completed in the next few months. They also informed Jagan that the cylinders for the gates were imported from Germany which was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The officials told the Chief Minister that the earth-cum-rock fill dam area was damaged due to the recent floods but work was on to restore it. They said excavation works at the project site would be completed by December 2021 while work to connect the two canals for the main project, including the lining of the canals, would be taken up by June 2022.

Meanwhile, Jagan asked the officials to focus on the rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced families. The officials told the Chief Minister that 90 habitations were affected by the project of which 48 habitations are ready for resettlement. They further said that the rehabilitation and resettlement of these habitations would be done by August 2021.

Jagan directed the officials to make no compromise on the quality of resettlement works and asked them to appoint a special officer to monitor the works. The new colonies should have all facilities before the displaced families are shifted, he added.

During his visit, the CM also viewed the photo exhibition on the progress of the project, the relief and rehabilitation colonies, the house models, and the infrastructure provided in these colonies. Jagan told the officials to ensure that not a single family is left out.

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