The state government of AP now aims at finishing close to eight small and medium irrigation projects with an estimated expenditure of Rs 15,000 crore over the next two years. This was confirmed today to the media by Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor Communications to AP Govt.
“The state government is now resolved to complete all the pending projects including Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari, Tadipudi – all these small or medium ones, which would come to about Rs 15,000 crore all put together. In the next one year or so, if we really concentrate and pump in the required Rs 15,000 crore, we shall be able to complete all these projects. We are not talking about the big ones” he said.
Mr Parakala also said that the main challenge before the Andhra Pradesh government was to how to mobilise the set Rs 15,000 crore, so that targets will be met in next one or one-and-half year. According to him, the state government is presently hoping to mobilise about Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000 crore through the sale of rare wood red sanders, that grows mainly in the Chittoor and Kadapa districts. Funds would also be raised from the mineral barites in the next one to two years.
“This year we had budgeted only about Rs 5,000 crore or so, we were able to pool in another Rs 4,000 crore into the irrigation sector, because, we have taken this up as a priority,” shared Mr Parakala while speaking to the media.
Bringing more areas under the cultivation zone will automatically lead to a rise in income levels and a resultant jump in the collection of commercial taxes and other tax revenues, he said.
Prabhakar also said that there are no clear plans yet towards reaching out to external agencies for funding. State gpvt is solely looking at internal mobilization of money.
Alterntively, the Andhra Pradesh government is actively following up with the Centre for early completion of the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project. The state aspires to finish the Polavaram by 2018, he said.
Polavaram project has been accorded a national status by the Centre as per the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act.