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Polavaram project

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  1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
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Polavaram project


What to study?

  • For Prelims: Key facts on Polavaram project.
  • For Mains: Significance and issues associated with the project.


Context: The Andhra Pradesh government has bagged the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) award for speedy execution of Polavaram multipurpose project on the Godavari river.

  • Andhra Pradesh received the award in the category of “Best Implementation of Water Resources Project” for better planning, implementation and monitoring.


About the Polavaram project:

Polavaram Project is a multi-purpose irrigation project. The dam across the Godavari River is under construction located in West Godavari District and East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh state and its reservoir spreads in parts of Chhattisgarh and Orissa States also.

  • The project is multipurpose major terminal reservoir project on river Godavari for development of Irrigation, Hydropower and drinking water facilities to East Godavari, Vishakhapatnam, West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Polavaram project was accorded national status in 2014 in the Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Act and its design was changed.


About CBIP:

  • The Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), is a Premier Institution set up by the Government of India in the 1927.
  • CBIP has been rendering dedicated services to the professional organizations, engineers and individuals in the country related to Power, Water Resources and Renewable Energy Sectors for more than eight decades.



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  • To provide training to the engineers/professionals.
  • To provide consultancy services.
  • To provide research and professional excellence.
  • To provide linkages to Indian Engineers, Managers and Scientists with their counterparts in other countries and with international organizations.
  • To establish a Technical database, technological developments and to provide information services to the professionals.
  • Introduction of Latest Technologies.


Sources: the hindu.