Polavaram Irrigation Project

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Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation recently informed that Polavaram Irrigation Project in Andhra Pradesh has a cost overrun of Rs 45,397 crore.

About Polavaram Irrigation Project:

  • It is an under-construction multi-purpose irrigation project on the Godavari River in the Eluru District and East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The project has been accorded National project status by the Union Government of India.
  • Objectives:
    • Development of Irrigation, Hydropower and drinking water facilities in East Godavari, Vishakhapatnam, West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh. 
    • The project envisages the generation of 960 MW of hydropower, drinking water supply to a population of 28.50 lacks in 611 villages
    • The ultimate irrigation potential of the project is 4.368 lakh ha.
    • The project implements the Godavari-Krishna link under the Interlinking of rivers project. It envisages the transfer of 80TMC of surplus Godavari water to river Krishna which will be shared between Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.


Q1) Which are the major tributaries of Godavari River?

The principal tributaries of the river are the Pravara, the Purna, the Manjra, the Penganga, the Wardha,the Wainganga the Pranhita (combined flow of Wainganga, Penganga, Wardha), the Indravati, the Maner and the Sabri.

Source: 56 infrastructure projects report 52.36 per cent cost overrun in Andhra