Vijayawada: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the construction of the retaining wall on the left bank of the Krishna River from Kanaka Durgamma bridge to Kotinagar here on Wednesday.
The construction of the 1.5 km retaining wall at a cost of Rs 122.90 crore will provide relief from floods to about 31,000 people living in Ranigari Thota, Tarakaramanagar and Bhupeshgupta Nagar areas. Under the project, a wall will be constructed adjacent to the riverbank to prevent floodwater entering residential areas of the city.
The project, which was proposed back in 2009, was delayed till 2016. The then TDP had government completed the first phase of works.
But with inundation in the city becoming a regular feature over the last two years, the state government had assured the project would be completed soon
Upon request from the locals, the state government revised the wall construction plan so that only 500 houses needed to be relocated. “Our government always cares for the poor and their welfare. As per the plan prepared during the TDP regime, 3,000 houses should be relocated, but the revised master plan can ease up the works by relocating 500 residences on the river bund. People of Krishna Lanka and other river bund areas are thankful to CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy,” said YSRC Vijayawada East in-charge Devineni Avinash.
Vijayawada East MLA Gadde Ramamohan Rao said that the TDP had given top priority to the project and completed a major portion from Yanamalakuduru to Ramalingeswara Nagar. The legislator also alleged that the YSRC has not revealed the facts of the project and is instead blaming the erstwhile government which sanctioned around Rs 170 crores for the project.