Cofferdams built after obtaining all approvals: Uma
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Cofferdams built after obtaining all approvals: Uma

By Thehindu calender  23-Jun-2019

Cofferdams built after obtaining all approvals: Uma

Former Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said on Saturday that the cofferdams at the Polavaram dam site had been constructed with the approval of the Dam Design Review Committee (DDRC), the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) and the Central Water Commission (CWC), and not without a plan as was being alleged.
Addressing the media here, Mr. Rao said he expected Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to speak out his mind after visiting the dam site recently. “The TDP government is being charged with building the cofferdams without any plan. But it is not true,” Mr. Rao asserted.
Work on the cofferdam upstream the Earth-cum-Rock Filled (ECRF) Dam was 60.6% complete. The cofferdam downstream was 34.31% complete. But a month ago, the CWC and the DDRC had decided that the works be stopped to help initiate measures to protect the cofferdams from the ensuing floods, he said.
But unfortunately, at a crucial time, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced at his New Delhi press conference that the State government had nothing to do with the Polavaram project, the former Minister said, and added that the announcement had an adverse impact on the works. “The Chief Minister may have a grudge against me, but it should not prevent him from taking action that is immediately required,” Mr. Rao said.


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