The emperor of corruption is busy again. But this time, it is his short tenure left that has him sweating him all out. The Chief Minister has been releasing high ticket projects as much as possible to get the maximum benefits in terms of commission and kickbacks. Furthermore, this time the answer to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana’s question about “Who is 420 in AP?” is crystal clear. The corrupt Chandrababu Naidu, who has constantly been busy in hoarding money, is the real “420”.
Needless River Linking and Indiscriminate Loot
The ace in the cards for the Chief Minister (the real “who is 420 in AP”) is the river linking projects among the rivers. The scarcity of water has taken a toll on the land, which could not be ignored by the leader. The river water availability has trickled down in recent years.
The cause to the same could be narrowed down to two major factors.
- The consumption of water is at an all-time high.
- The construction of the dam over major rivers originating in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
This, in turn, has forced the government to make serious reforms, which in turn has benefited the corny contractors and the ministers involved.
As part of the plan, the government wanted to divert water from the Godavari to Krishna. To understand the gravity of the situation, the government ordered the formation of a team, named Vyapkos that specializes in the irrigation project and would assess the ins and outs of the project.
The Vyapkos Report
After a deep down study, the Vyapkos committee came up with a complete report for the linking of Godavari and Penna rivers. The details are as follows.
- From the upper side of the Polavaram reservoir, 3.50 TMC water has to be lifted and shifted through a canal every day.
- The water obtained has to be sent across the Krishna river through an aqueduct that would be built on the upper side of the reservoir that is going to come upon Krishna river at Vaikuntapuram.
- Then the water will have to be stored at the reservoir that is going to be built at Bollapalli with 200 TMC capacity.
- From Bollaspalli Reservoir, the water can be sent to NagarjunaSagar Right Canal.
- From NagarjunaSagar Right Canal, the water can be further shifted to the Somasila Dam, which is on the Pennariver, through a dedicated canal. En route, the water can fill the reservoirs of Gundlakamma, Muppavaram, Chinnipadu, and Uppuluru in the Prakasam district and provide Godavari water to this entire Ayacut.
On the successful completion of the project, a total of 320 TMCs water could be channelized from the Godavari River to the regions like Sagar Right Canal, Penna Delta, and the drought-prone regions of the Prakasham district.
To add on top of it, to divert the water from the Godavari basin to Penna, a tunnel of 701 km has to be constructed. The newly formed tunnel has the ability to shift 4.9 TMCs of water every day.
However, there is one hindrance to the project—the project estimated about Rs. 80,000 Crores, and since the cost was too high, the committee concluded that the entire project should be done five phases.
The Mockery Of The Report
Despite the detailed layout from the Central Government, the state government carried out work that differs from the considerations. The government took decisions on its own and hence could not be ignored at all costs.
To add on top of it, the government distorted the recommendations and gave the nod to the first phase. As per the figures from the government, a huge amount of 8,500 cusecs water has already been lifted from the Patti Seema Lift into Polavaram barrage through the Patti Seema canal.
Indeed the state government made the mockery of the central government agency and proved who is 420 in AP.
The Other Side of the Picture
The reports highlight further details about the plan. A total of 14,000 cusecs of water reach Prakasam Barrage after the hefty transportation losses and en-route usage. The analysts suggest that the following step could be of personal or political advantage, thus, sabotaging national and regional welfare for the sake of political news interests.
Out of the 14,000 cusecs reaching Prakasam Barrage, 7000 cusecs could be released to the Krishna Delta. The other half could be lifted from the Harichandrapuram in two phases and released into the Sagar Right Canal at 80 km point. This water then would reach Ayacut.
However, the project is not minor is stature at all. In order to make it happen, the government has to shed money for a canal of 56.5km length and built pressure mines through 10.09km along the way.
Loss of Rs. 6,020.15 Crore
The following set up by the state government is given the nod, and tenders were released. The selection of the contractor followed the orthodox method of the contractor, who gave the maximum percentage and kickbacks. On the other hand, a sum of Rs. 6,020.15 crore was released on June 13, 2018. However, if the original recommendations are to be followed, the state government would have to bear the loss. A colossal amount of Rs. 6020.15 Crore without a sigh of relief.
The questions remain the same. Who will bear the losses if the project fails? Who is to blame for the failure? Why were the original instructions not followed?
The corrupt practices of Chandrababu Naidu have taken a toll on the state’s growth structure, thus, beaming for a political figure to take charge of the state. Truly, the “who is 420 in AP” tag belongs to Mr. Chandrababu Naidu.