Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project on 16th Aug 2015. Dedicating the project to India, he said that the Lift Irrigation Project will serve as a model for India. This will be one-of-its-kind project as it is being built in record time in modern India. he added.
The Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project will solve the water woes of the parched Rayalseema region and also help irrigate lands of Delta farmers by inter-linking Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Here is the complete statement from the Chief Minister talking about the Pattiseems Lift Irrigation Project
“This Independence Day is another special day for the people of Andhra Pradesh. I’m proud that our we have set a new precedent in the history of our state and the nation today by inaugurating the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project in record time.
Works began in March this year on the project. The pump water was supposed to be released today. However, the incessant rains in Coastal Andhra from last week have delayed the project.
We will, as promised, release water within the next 10-15 days. Despite the delay, this will be one-of-its-kind project as it is being built in record time in modern India. The reason why our government has decided to build Pattiseema Project is because we cannot allow 3,000 TMC of flood water draining into the sea every year. Because the Head works for Polavaram Project will take about 4 years for completion, we came up with the idea of Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project that is an immediate solution to help Rayalseema and Delta farmers irrigate their lands.
This project provides water to balance the irrigation potential of 1.20 lakh acres in Krishna and west Godavari Districts. It will also facilitate in raising early seed beds in Krishna Delta and stabilizes the Krishna Delta ayacut.
The Krishna water thus saved in Krishna Delta due to augmentation from Godavari River can be retained in Srisailam Reservoir.
The water retained in Srisailam Reservoir can be utilized for the surplus water-based projects of Rayalaseema such as Handri-Neeva, Gaaleru Nagari and Telugu Ganga as well as for irrigation, drinking water and industrial needs of the drought-hit Rayalaseema Region.
Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project is a model for India and has set an example in inter-linking of rivers. As a proud son of this country, I dedicate this project to India.”