Probe irregularities in Polavaram contract: YV Subba Reddy

New Delhi: Demanding a high-level inquiry into the irregularities in the Polavaram Project contract, YSR Congress has said that Chandrababu Naidu has been using the project as a milch product to breed kickbacks.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Party MP YV Subba Reddy said, ‘Close on the heels of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s remarks that Polavaram should be built as a corruption free project, Chandrababu Naidu has rushed to the Nagpur with a proposal to change the contractor which shows the real intentions of the state.

The Union Minister’s remarks itself is clear that there are many irregularities in the project and the state wants to replace the present contractor who is a TDP MP. The real idea behind it is to take the matter to legal corridors as the project cannot be completed within the promised deadline of 2018. If the contractor is changed the earlier company owned by TDP MP would be blacklisted and there is every chance that he moves the court holding up the project indefinitely, he said.

The change of contractor can be done by the State government itself as it is within its purview after the national project was taken over from the Centre and Chandrababu Naidu rushing to Nagpur has a secret agenda which should be revealed.

The state should also spell out the exact amount which would cost for the completion of the project and whether it would complete it before 2018 or not.

During YSR term the Polavaram works began and the estimated cost was pegged at Rs 16,000 cores and the government should categorically state how much the estimated cost has escalated and what is the final figure.
The irregularities in the Polavaram project have been very glaring and the works are being done not by the contractor but by sub-contractors. Now Chandrababu Naidu wants to revise the estimates and give the contract to his own people and use the project as milch cow.

We demand the Centre to order for an inquiry into the irregularities in carrying out the national project, what was the progress during the past 3.5 years, how much was spent, the total cost of the project and what is the Centre’s share, he said.

We will also meet the Union Minister for Water Resources and apprise him of the irregularities, he said. 
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