Vijaysai Reddy raises Polavaram issue in Rajya Sabha; Nirmala Sitharaman reacts

15-09-2020 Tue 15:23

YSRCP MP Vijaysai Reddy said the Polavaram project is the lifeline to the state of AP people. Addressing the members in the Rajya Sabha, the YSRCP MP said the project has been taken up by the central government and added that the center bears the entire expenditure of the project. He said the AP government has decided to complete the project by December 2021. YSRCP MP said as it is a national project, all the funds are to be released by the Centre. He said that to quicken the project's process, the AP government, without waiting for the central assistance, spent Rs 3,805 crores for Polavaram Project. While seeking the same amount from the center, YSRCP MP said the mentioned amount is confirmed by the CAG also. He has brought to the notice of Rajya Sabha that CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to PM Modi highlighting all the issues, including the problems faced by the state after the State Re-Organization Bill and COVID-19 pandemic. He has urged the Jal Shakthi Minister to release the funds immediately for the Polavaram project so that the state government can complete the project in the assigned time. Reacting to it, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the discussion with AP Finance Minister was going on and added that she is in touch with the water resources minister. The gap has arisen due to the CAG certification, the Union Finance Minister said. She said they would follow it as the AP government has given the CAG report.

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