On April 15th, one of the districts in Rayalaseema will see the inauguration of the 90 day water conservation program. This will be done by Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of the state.
On Monday, during a teleconference about “Neeru Pragati” at the office of the District Collector, the CM said that with effective and efficient use of water, the agricultural sector can grow up to 25%. He added that it is the social responsibility of all the citizens to conserve water and thus everyone should participate in this movement that has been termed as “Jal Samrakhshana”. This will span over a period of three months. According to the CM, 20000 new check dams will be built in the state for conversion of rainwater into ground water.
He believes that the students of civil engineering should come up with ideas for water conservation as part of their projects.
The Chief Minister stated that till date 3.11 lakh farm ponds have been dug. According to him, vegetation that hinders the free flow of water from streams and other water sources should be removed during this 90 day water conservation program.
Following the teleconference, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Water Resources Minister said that the CM is extremely serious about this water conservation program and has decided to give his attention to this for at least two days every week. The Minister further added that satellite technology has been used to determine the location for the 20000 check dams that the CM plans to build in the state.
The progress of this project is being personally monitored by the Chief Minister every week. As of now, earthwork of 6 crore cubic meters has been completed. It is believed that the remaining earthwork spanning about 4 crore cubic meters will be completed within the next 332 days.
Mr. Devineni Umamaheswara Rao stated that a diaphragm wall with a depth of 40 to 60 meters and a length of 74 meters has already been designed in the river bed. Of the 48 gates, 3 have reached close to the completion stage. 888 of the 3573 chain tanks have been linked to the project.