Polls hit works of major projects in AP

With many of the workers leaving for their home towns to exercise their franchise, major irrigation projects, including the Polavaram, and other construction activity taken up in Amaravati, in Andhra Pradesh are facing severe crunch of workforce. This has affected the progress of works. However, in neighbouring Telangana, works of major irrigation projects have been going on at a brisk pace. The Kaleswaram project has even had a wet run recently.
According to the AP government officials, the situation has become troublesome since the last week of March. From a week before Holi, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the northern states, the workers started leaving to their native places and soon, the elections began and more people left for their home towns. According to a senior official at the Polavaram project, there is a 30-40 per cent deficit of workforce and this slowed down the work.
For the water resources department, completion of Polavaram Project is already a tightrope walk as it plans to divert the water from the project by virtue of gravity into canals, by July. However, the situation is expected to continue like this till the seventh and last phase of elections conclude on May 19.