Expedite priority projects: Jagan
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that work on Nadu Nedu in schools and hospitals should be expedited along with other priority projects like irrigation projects, water grid, infrastructure development and there should be no dearth for funds.
During a review meeting at camp office on Thursday, the Chief Minister told the officials that there should not be dearth of funds for the prestigious projects and they should go forward in a planned manner as per guidelines and meet deadlines set for the respective projects and see that funds flow meets the requirements.
Mana Badi Nadu Nedu was taken up in over 15 K schools in the first phase, with an estimated expenditure of Rs 3,600 crores and as of now Rs 920 crores were released. He told the officials to get clearances for the funds by August 15 for the first phase. In the second and third phase along with schools, works on hostels, junior and degree colleges should be taken and the estimated cost would be Rs 7,700 crores, the officials said.
Similarly, for Nadu-Nedu program in the health department, the Chief Minister told officials to start the works for those projects which were allocated with funds. It is estimated that for the establishment of 16 new medical colleges and one each of super specialty hospital, cancer hospital, and hospital for mental health requires Rs 6657 Crore. Besides these, developing the medical infrastructure in existing hospitals requires Rs 6099 Crore and Rs 1236 Crore towards Nadu-Nedu program in area and community hospitals. Also for the establishment of 11,197 village clinics, Rs 1745 Crore budget was estimated. The Chief Minister told officials to pool funds for all these projects and start at the earliest.
As far as the irrigation projects are considered, it is estimated that Rs 98,000 Crores are required for the irrigation sector, of which Rs 72,000 Crore is alone for the construction of new projects. The Chief Minister ordered the officials to start works of Rayalaseema drought prevention projects from October 1. Along with this, drought prevention works in Palnadu region and completion of Sujala Srvanthi in North Andhra districts have been instructed.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy also reviewed the works of water-grid project, which is aimed to facilitate drinking water to all the districts across the State. It is estimated that the first phase of the projects costs Rs 19,088 Crore. He further reviewed the works of roads and buildings. The officials said that 70 per cent of the work on road connectivity to remote areas is completed with a cost of Rs 4,456 crores. AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) is financing the project.
Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh, Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, and officials of various departments took part in the review meeting.