AP to launch water harvesting action plan from April 15 with cooperation of ISRO
Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to take up rain harvesting measures in a big way with the cooperation of ISRO and prepared an action plan to construct twenty thousand check dams from April 15 to July 15 to meet both the drinking water and to provide life saving irrigation in drought prone areas. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took initiative for the project and scheduled to launch the programme in Rayalaseema region.
A team of ten officials including scientists and geologists worked for the past six months and identified the areas for the construction of check dams to increase ground water level.
Giving details of the programme Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao here today said that besides construction of check dams all the existing villages’ tanks will be repaired. He said several lift irrigation schemes were also revived to meet the drinking water needs during the summer season.
The minister said that the state government launched an app for the benefit of farmers to know the weather conditions for the coming one week and ground water position in their fields. He said the app AP Varuna will help to furnish the details of temperature, humidity and ground water levels of any region in the state.
AP Space applications centre scientist KV Ramana said that experts team working on the water harvesting project conducted studies in all the regions for the past six months and identified the areas where the check dams should be constructed. He said several factors were taken into consideration to identify the place including as rocky areas are not suitable for water harvesting. He said farmers should given priority to farm ponds to protect their crops during drought conditions by providing life saving irrigation source. He said small farmers will benefit in a big way with the construction of check dams and water harvesting measures. He said the programme would help for soil conservation also.