Vijayawada: Minister for Water Resources P Anil Kumar Yadav said the diaphragm wall of the Polavaram project was damaged due to poor planning of the previous TDP government.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the Minister stated that the previous government had taken up the works without proper planning.

"The diaphragm wall was constructed in 2018 during Chandrababu Naidu term. Now around 1.8 meters of the wall was damaged due to the flood situation," he said.

The Minister slammed vernacular media report for factually incorrect reports.

He said the previous TDP government had given contracts to their close associates and never bothered about the quality of work. He assured that the state government will complete the project on time as Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has put Polavaram on fasttrack.

On privatization of Visakha Steel Plant, he slammed the TDP chief for what he termed as cheap politics. He said between 1999 to 2004, as many as 54 companies like Nizam Sugars, Alwyn, cotton mills have either been privatized or shut down in the state.

He said that neither Naidu nor Lokesh have any moral right to speak about Vizag as they opposed it as executive capital. Chandrababu, who campaigned as the CEO of Andhra Pradesh instead of CM, is answerable to people about why he supported privatization in 2004.

Asserting the state government will fight to protect VSP, the Minister reiterated that the Chief Minister had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an appointment to discuss the issue.

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