Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has concluded his visit to New Delhi and will return to the state at 12 noon to conduct an aerial survey of the Polavaram lands which have been submerged in the floods.
As per the revised itinerary YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will arrive at Gannavaram from New Delhi and immediately proceed to Polavaram.
He will first conduct a survey of the Polavaram region which were submerged because of the coffer dam by helicopter. After the survey, he will meet district officers and Polavaram project officials and conduct a detailed review meeting about the further measures to be taken for the relief operations.
Following this change in the schedule, the Chief Minister has cancelled his visit to his home town Pulivendula in Kadapa district and to Penuogonda in Anantapur district, where he was scheduled to attend the launch of SUV Seltos by South Korean auto major Kia Motors.
It is reported that some state ministers will attend the event to be held at Kia Motors’ India plant on Thursday. Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy will read out the Chief Minister’s message. Top officials of Kia Motors and South Korea’s Ambassador to India will attend the event.
Earlier on Wednesday YS Jagan made courtesy call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. He also met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Road Transport Ninister Nitin Gadkari and discussed various issues related to the state. The Chief Minister had Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated the demand for grating special category status to Andhra Pradesh as promised by the Centre in 2014.
Heavy rains in the upper catchment areas have resulted in swelling of water levels in major rivers in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday with threat of flood looming under Vamsadhara in far-off Srikakulam district in particular. The first warning signal remained in place at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram with an inflow and discharge of close to 10.50 lakh cusecs.
At the Polavaram project construction site, the Godavari level touched 27.01 meters on Wednesday evening, according to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA). More than 19 villages in Polavaram mandal have been cut off from the out side world for the past 10 days. SDMA officials are stepping up relief measures in these areas.
Meanwhile the Indian Meteorological Department Hyderabad has forecasted that it will be raining for the next 48 hours in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The reason is due to the brewing of low pressure area in Bay of Bengal which could probably into a cyclone.