The farmers of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam district will now have no worries. Chief Minister of AP Sri N Chandrababu Naidu will be releasing water from Thotapalli irrigation project from 10th September onwards.
The project that was envisioned on River Nagavalli in 2003 with a purpose to irrigate an additional 1.2 lakh acres along with the existing 60,000 acres will now be a reality..
The original cost of the project was Rs 450 Cr and was stipulated to complete in five years. The cost had eventually gone up to Rs 800 Cr because of various external factors such as project delay, resistance from the farmers etc.
Initially, the irrigation officials have completed execution of all major works including 115 km of the 117 km-long main canal and readied it for inauguration in the last week of July.
The 2-km-long canal was left out as it awaited clearance from railways. The officials faced problem once again during trial run in the third week of July when the aqueduct at Lakshmipuram breached. This forced them to rebuild the same on a war-footing.
Since works on link channels at a few places were yet to be completed, water is likely to be released initially to 80,000 acres in both the districts. Irrigation Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, who inspected the project main canal works near Garugubilli on Saturday, affirmed that water would be released to 1.80 lakh acres in both the districts by next kharif season.
“Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu who laid the foundation stone for the project would dedicate the project to the nation on September 10, after a gap of 12 years,” he added.