In a fresh development that has added fuel to the allegations against the Polavaram irrigation project, the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has sent a letter to the Andhra Pradesh government: In the letter, the Centre has asked the state to reply to an RTI application on ‘Large scale corruption and illegalities in the execution of Polavaram Project’.
The letter was sent to the Chief Engineer of the Water Resources Department of Andhra, along with a reference by the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Please find enclosed herewith PMO reference enclosing a letter of Shri J. Choudaraiah, Rtd Lecturer, Rajamahendravaram, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh received from CPGRAMS Portal regarding Large Scale corruption and illegalities in the execution of Polavaram Project,” the letter said.
“It is requested that the case may be examined from your end and a suitable reply to the petitioner may please be sent, with a copy of the same endorsed to this office,” it further directed.
The letter also asked the Chief Engineer to treat the matter as a priority. Copies of the letter have been sent to the RTI applicant, J. Choudaraiah, a retired lecturer, and the senior joint commissioner of the central water resources ministry.
The letter has come as a shot in the arm for those protesting against alleged irregularities in the Polavaram irrigation project.