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Centre committed to complete Polavaram project by nxt yr,

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister today assured the that the Centre is committed to completing work on the ambitious Polavaram project by next year, sources in the water resources ministry said.

Gadkari gave this assurance over phone to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is currently on a visit to South Korea, they said.

He gave a similar assurance to a delegation of Andhra Pradesh leaders, who him at Transport Bhawan here.

"The minister (Gadkari) and the chief minister spoke over phone. Gadkari assured him that the project will be completed by 2018... the Centre is committed to do its bit," a source said, adding Gadkari stressed that support of all stakeholders is required to complete the project, often described as the "lifeline" of

"The responsibilities of acquiring land for the project and environmental clearances will be with the state government," the source said.

Gadkari's assurance comes nearly a week after Chandrababu Naidu had said that he would "hand over the project", in the wake of the Centre recently writing to the Andhra Pradesh chief secretary for stalling forthwith the tenders called by the state to select new contractor for works on the project's spillway and spill channel.

"If they (Centre) want, we will stop the process. If they continue with this type of stand, I will greet them with folded hands and hand over the project," Naidu had told reporters on November 30.

"We are observing restraint only because we (the BJP and his TDP) are allies. I am unable to understand why these many problems are being created (for Polavaram)," had said.

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 19:05 IST