Amaravati: In a significant setback for the government of Jagan Mohan Reddy led by Andhra Pradesh, the high court on Thursday suspended Navayuga Engineering Company’s pre-closure orders from the state Power Generation Corporation (Genco) for a hydroelectric power plant that is part of the Polavaram project.
The tribunal also remained for the Polavaram hydroelectric project and the dam head operates the inverse tendering process launched by the state government. Justice DVSS Somayajulu issued provisional instructions for this purpose on Navayuga’s petition, challenging the pre-closure order of the AP Genco on the Rs 3,100 crore project.
On August 1, the government of the YSR Congress decided to terminate the agreement for the execution of the Polavaram dam head works given to Navayuga. The AP Genco released the pre-closure order on the hydroelectric project to Navayuga on August 14, citing lack of work advancement. Despite the Centre’s warnings, last week the state government issued a’ reverse tender,’ inviting fresh bids for the hydroelectric power plant and the Polavaram head works as it suspected the previous wrongdoing regime.
Navayuga questioned Genco’s order, which was only linked to the hydroelectric power plant, claiming that it had time to finish the project until November 2021 as per the agreement. Justice Somayajulu issued provisional orders after hearing the petitioner’s and the state government’s arguments and suspended Genco’s pre-closure order.
In the face of the chief minister, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) described the high court order as a slap. Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu said it would have a serious effect on the advancement of the entire Polavaram project, causing excessive delay in implementation. “What is the state going to say about this now? Despite the warning from the Centre, the government of the country does not appreciate the truth. We also warned against indiscriminate behavior, “the former chief minister said in an unofficial chat here to journalists.