CM N Chandrababu Naidu explained future plans of AP Govt with respect to interlinking of Krishna and Penna Rivers, Kandaleru Irrigation Project and the development plans for the Rayalaseema region. Mr Naidu made an elaborate statement on his social networking page to this effect.
Read the CM’s complete note below
“After making Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project a grand success and creating history through the linking of the mighty Godavari and Krishna rivers, our government is now making efforts for the linking of Krishna & Penna Rivers in the state.
on 31st October, I laid foundation stone for Kandaleru Lift Irrigation Project that is being taken up at a cost of Rs. 62 crore. This project will save the lemon and paddy crops in Podalakuru and other areas of Nellore district which have been battling repeated water shortage in the region.
The Kandaleru Lift scheme will not only solve the water woes of the region but also irrigate 20,000 acres of farmland from the coming season apart from saving crop loss, running into crores of rupees every year.
Given that canals in catchment area get affected every year whenever water level at Kandaleru Reservoir dips to 30 tmc ft from its maximum level of 68 tmc ft, I’m confident that this project will prove beneficial to the region. Our government is making all efforts to complete the works on a war-footing basis within 12 months.
In our efforts to drought-proof the state, we have already succeeded in the linking of rivers Godavari with Krishna. Now, we want to create another benchmark by linking Krishna and Penna rivers for the development of Rayalaseema and coastal districts.
Interlinking of rivers is a win-win solution for addressing the twin problems of water scarcity and flooding. However, before implementing the proposal, we will take up a sound scientific and technical assessment to test its techno-economic feasibility.
I believe that this step will lead to better water resource management and encourage the states to undertake initiatives towards solving water-related woes.”