Amid high expectations and aspirations, the heavy machinery imported from Germany and the U.S. for the purpose of using it in the prestigious Polavaram project works was received by Minister for Irrigation Devineni Umamaheswara Rao here on Sunday in the presence of scores of farmer leaders, ruling party activists, and officials.
Transported from the Chennai port, the equipment and machinery was carried in nearly a dozen trucks on the National Highway via Nellore. Honouring the sentiment of farmers and leaders, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao arrived in Nellore early in the morning to formally receive the machinery and also offer prayers as per tradition.
Former Minister and MLC Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, MLC Beeda Ravichandra, senior leaders Adala Prabhakar Reddy, Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Mungamuru Sridhar Krishna Reddy, and scores of others arrived at the venue.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao held out an assurance to the people of the State that all humanly possible efforts, including deployment of imported heavy machinery, were being made to get the national project of Polavaram completed by 2018 in accordance with the wishes of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Mr. Rao recalled that Polavaram was a long-cherished dream of the farmers of the State considering the fact that it would complete the linking of the Godavari and the Krishna river systems, thereby offering a permanent solution to the drought and crop failure problems in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions as well.
Polavaram was the only lifeline that would help save at least 100 tmcft of water out of the total 1,600 tmcft of water wastefully going into the sea from the Godavari every year, he added. Stating that the machinery was a key to the fast execution of the project works, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao said that the high-end equipment would be used to construct a strong and sturdy diaphragm wall for 1.7 km Polavaram dam with high efficiency and in less time.
Mr. Chandramohan Reddy asserted that the TDP Government was committed to implementing its promises so much so that the Polavaram project was being pursued with greater effort. He termed it as a good beginning that crops could be raised in over 10 lakh acres in Nellore district this season, thanks to better management of water resources.