The much anticipated wait is over. As stated, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has formally linked the waters of two major rivers in Andhra Pradesh, Godavari and Krishna. The CM released the waters from Godavari at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry village near Vijayawada. This linking of two major rivers in the State will facilitate in productive utilization of 80 TMC of the 3,000 TMC Godavari’s flood waters that goes wasted into the sea every year. The delta region of river Krishna faces has been facing acute shortage of water for irrigation.
A historical and landmark moment for Andhra Pradesh today, as River Godavari joined the Krishna River near Ibrahimpatnam upstream of Prakasam Barrage, fulfilling the long cherished dreams of farmers, mainly in the Rayalaseema region. Farmers in both Krishna and Guntur districts will greatly benefit, as the channeled water from Godavari will now be available for Krishna delta.
The CM also unveiled a pylon depicting the importance of linking of rivers. To mark the occasion Krishna-Godavari confluence was named as ‘Krishna – Godavari Pavitra Sangamam’ meaning ‘holy confluence’ in Telugu.
Later, Mr Naidu performed a special puja at the Ferry. Addressing the farmers in the public meeting on the occasion, he said that the government is committed to recharge ground waters with a slew of water conservation measures that will be implemented across the State by way of campaigns.
After interlinking of the rivers Godavari and Krishna along with the River Penna, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh will not face any more problem even when there is a drought. The State government has plans to divert the waters to the drought prone Rayalaseema region. The CM was all praise for the engineers and officials who completed this project under the deadline set by him.
Godavari waters reached Nunna on Monday evening and Mylavaram yesterday night. The water from Godavari will be flowing into River Krishna by today. The place of confluence of the two rivers near Ibrahimpatnam would be developed as a spiritual and tourism centre as well.