Meanwhile, efforts are being made to bring 100 tmcft water from Godavari river to the Krishna this year. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said government was waiting for reimbursement of Rs. 2,000 crore spent on Polavaram by the Central government. The Centre has paid back Rs.300 crore recently. Being a national project, the State government was arguing that it should be undertaken by the Centre. A sum of Rs.11,300 crore was spent on pending projects after the TDP came to power. If the projects were to be continued by paying existing rates, the cost would be nearly Rs.17,965 crore and in the event of their cancellation and re-tendering, the State has to garner additional Rs.6,740 crore.
Deadlines:- Mr. Naidu called upon the contractors to stick to deadlines having benefited from government's cooperation in the form of fortnightly and even weekly payments and logistical support. Otherwise, those who fail to meet the expectations would be blacklisted, he said. Similarly, performance appraisals of engineers from the chief engineer level to field supervisor level were sought to regard those delivering results and cracking the whip on derelict ones.