The former CM of AP –Chandrababu Naidu was in the mission to bag as many contracts in the name of his cronies and Benamis as possible. While conducting this procedure, not only did he target only the more significant projects, but also the smaller ones. Despite knowing that these small projects would ultimately lose their relevance once the original plans are fabricated, the one who is 420 in AP didn’t give a thought to it anyway. That is because his ultimate motive was not to improve the conditions of the state of AP, but to deploy it of all its riches and fill his pockets instead.
Naidu was very well aware of the fact that the Patti-Seema project would be of no importance once the Polavaram project was finished. Yet, he proceeded anyway to bring about the existence of the Patti-Seema project. Another example of giving rise to the devious plans of Chandrababu Naidu is the –Godavari-Penna linkage project, which was utterly devised to assign a new project to his crony contractors. In this article, we will discuss with you the full story. Read on to know about the diabolical deeds of the former Chief Minister of AP.
Facts of the Godavari-Penna Linkage:
While Chandrababu Naidu was in-charge of the government of AP, the availability of water had come down in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh because of the two distinct reasons. The foremost reason would be the construction of damns in the superior riparian states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. And the second reason for the scarcity of water in the states of Telangana and AP would be because of excessive usage of water. Meanwhile, to counter the problem of water shortage, the government of Andhra Pradesh decided to go ahead with the idea of River linkage.
As a part of that project, the government of AP put its efforts into diverting the water from River Godavari to River Krishna. The then ruling government entrusted Vyapkos, which is a central government organization whose specialization is in the building of the irrigation projects by taking up the responsibility of the survey, the feasibility of preparation, and the study of Detailed Project Report (DPR).
Report by Vyapkos:
Vyapkos conducted an extensive study outlining the roadmap for the linking project of River Godavari and River Penna. Here are some of the details of the survey:
- From the higher side of the Polavaram Reservoir, 3.50 TMC of water had to be lifted and transferred using the canal every day.
- The water from River Godavari had to be sent across River Krishna with the help of an aqueduct, which had to be built on the upper side of the reservoir, which would further connect to Krishna River at the Vaikuntapuram point.
- The water needs to be stored in the reservoir, which was further decided to be built at Bollapalli having 200 TMC capacity
- Further from Bollapalli Reservoir, the water had to be shifted to the Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal
- From the Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal, the water should be sent to the Somasila Dam, which had to be built on the Penna River through a canal
Thus, the entire project could avail 320 TMCs of water diverting from the Godavari River towards the Penna River. According to the reports released by the Vyapkos, the whole plan would cost somewhat around 80,000 crores. Since the evaluated cost was on the higher side, they decided to divide the project into five different phases.
The Reports didn’t matter!
Despite the clear suggestion given by the Vyapkos organization, the state government went ahead and took its own decision. After all, the one who is 420 in AP cannot let go of even one project without satiating his diabolical demands. It entirely distorted the recommendation of the Vyapkos and gave an affirmative answer for the beginning of the first phase of the project. In order to carry out the entire project without any error, a canal of 56.5 km length was needed to be build surrounded with pressure mines through 10.09 km of the canal.
The government again went ahead and gave its nod for the building of the canal at an estimated value of Rs. 6,020.15 crores, on the 13th of June 2018. Further, a tender notice was issued, and the contract was assigned to a favored contractor of the TDP government. But, if once the Godavari-Penna linkage had been built according to the recommendations of the Vyapkos organization, the project of building up of a canal at the expense of Rs. 6,000 crores approximately would be a total waste. However, Naidu wasn’t even bothered with such a thought.
The one who is 420 in AP didn’t let go even of the smallest chances to loot the state of AP. Instead, as the sole authority of the state, he gave away his nods to such projects, which weren’t even needed in the first place. And the reason behind building up the 56 km long dam amidst the Godavari-Penna project was not done by keeping the welfare of the state in mind but the benefit of the cronies of