The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu always makes it a point to brief the state’s citizens about the updated status on progress. Adding more notes in the recent press meet held, Mr Naidu spoke about the positioning of irrigation projects, rivers and contingency plan over the drought situation.
Speaking to the media, the CM stated that AP government is currently making it a priority to pull on the irrigation projects, and making efforts for interlinking of river. He said that the govt is introducing drip and sprinkler irrigation to make the state drought-free.
Speaking at length in the Legislative Assembly on water and irrigation issues, Mr Naidu stated that the state government will complete the long pending Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project in about four years at any rate.
“Polavaram has been given the status of national project by the Centre. As it may take about four years for its completion, the government took up the Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme which linked the Godavari and Krishna rivers. The initial phase of the scheme has been completed in a record time,” he said, while addressing the meet.
The CM said that crops in the state can be saved from cyclones that hit every year, only if the sowing is done in the month of June this year post the inter-linking of rivers.
He said that river inter-linking will greatly help the parched region of Rayalaseema. Following the priority, Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari and others would be taken up for the benefit of the Seema region.
Mr Naidu then spoke about the govt’s plans to encourage farmers in setting up ‘farm ponds’, called ‘Panta Sanjeevani’, in order to save the crops. “The lawmakers are now enabled to monitor rainfall and ground water table with help of modern technology so that they can lead efforts to safeguard farming” he added.