AP Plans 90 Days Plan For Water Conservation

The Minister had already directed the officials to identify the villages where drinking water is to be supplied through tankers and graveity through canals

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had set a 90-day long plan to promote water conservation in the State. Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that the plan would beat the drinking water crisis in the State during this summer. He further added that the plan would also help in harvesting the rain water expected from the next monsoon.

The Minister had already directed the officials to identify the villages where drinking water is to be supplied through tankers and graveity through canals. He had directed the officials to keep the drinking water tanks in the villages ready. Instructions were also issued to take up jungle and weed clearance in the drinking water tanks and canals. The government would open water and butter milk kiosks across the State and also along the roads to help the people on move during the summer.

The government is planning to complete all water harvesting systems in every village. He said that measures would be taken up ensure that the rain water is added to the ground water table of the area. The tanks, streams and canals available in every village would be identified and geo-tagged for easy monitoring, he added.

The activity would be taken up and executed from April 15 to July 15 across the State covering every village and habitation, the Minister said. An intensive campaign would also be carried out during these days to create awareness among the people on water harvesting measures. The next monsoon has to be utilized maximum to conserve the rain water, the Minister added.

The Minister said that they have already provided internal connectivity for 888 tanks in the villages out of total 3,573 in the State. The government had also built and renovated 33,162 check dams, 3,36,190 farm ponds and 4,36,869 water harvesting structures in the State spending over Rs 8,798 crore. This would help in increasing the ground water levels, he said and asserted that the State would be able to beat the summer water crisis this time.

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Farmers are best engineers, take their advice: Minister Devineni Uma tells officials

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Minister for Water Resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, on Friday asked the officials to take advises from the farmers terming them as the best engineers.

Speaking at the Engineers Day celebrations marking the birth anniversary of engineer K Sivarama krishnaiah, the Minister said that the farmers with their practical experience on the field are the better engineers than those who work on the papers. He said that the farmers would know where the water could be stored, how the water could flow and how it could be distributed. He wanted the officials of the irrigation department to take the advice from the farmers while planning any project, even if it is a minor project on the stream or a flood bank.

The Minister also sought to advise the engineering students to move out of the classrooms and visit the project sites for practical knowledge. He explained how the State government had taken up the irrigation projects in the State and completed them on record time. He wanted them to visit the Polavaram Project site for greater practical knowledge on new engineering trends. He said that the government was working to complete the Polavaram project by 2018. The Chief Minister was working to link Godavari-Penna rivers that would end drought in the State, he asserted.

The Minister also asked the engineers of irrigation, panchayat raj, municipal and electrical departments to work in coordination and ensure that there would be no drinking water problem in the State this summer. He further added that the Chief Minister had already instructed the departments to work in tandem to provide drinking water to every village during the summer.

Recalling the contribution of late Sivaramakrishnaiah to the State, the Minister wanted the engineers to draw inspiration from the initiatives of the late engineer. He wanted the engineers to provide linkage to all the irrigation tanks in the villages and plan to prevent waste of water.

Irrigation advisor, Cherukuri Veeraiah, senior journalist Turlapati Kutumba Rao, Irrigation Secretary Sashibushan, Sivaramakrishnaiah’s widow Girija and others were present.

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Naidu is coming in the way of Palamur, Dindi Projects: Harish Rao

HYDERBAD: Even after a year of bifurcation, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is hatching conspiracies against Telangana State development, Irrigation Minister Harish Rao alleged.

Addressing media at Telangana Bhavan here on Friday, the minister slammed his AP counterpart Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao for trying to create hurdles to the Palamur Lift Scheme and Dindi project saying that Telangana Government has no permission for its irrigation projects.

Rao accused Naidu Government of coming in the way of Telangana State, which was planning to complete one irrigation project in the backward Palamur district noted for migration of labour in search of livelihood.

Naidu, who adopted the district, has failed to develop it and only added to the woes of migration, he alleged. The minister sought to know whether the AP Government completed all the formalities for Handri-Neeva, Pothireddypadu, Pattiseema and Polavaram.

The Naidu Government was raising objections to Palamur Ranga Reddy lift schemes through Krishna River, which falls under HMDA limits. “When Madras, the capital city of the neighboring Tamil Nadu can get Krishna waters, why not Palamur district?” he asked.

Ridiculing AP Irrigation Minister Maheshwara Rao’s remarks against the two projects, Rao said that as per Bachawat Tribunal, Telangana would get 40 TMCof water from any project, including Pattiseema to draw 80 TMC by the AP Government, he said.

He also criticized Naidu by saying that he managed to get permissions from centre by violating norms for Polavaram Project despite objections from Odisha and Chattisgarh.

Rao pointed out that while the erstwhile Rajashekar Reddy Government had prepared a detailed project report for Dindi project, Kiran Kumar Reddy Government had issued a GO for survey of Palamur scheme.

“We are taking up these old projects to provide irrigation and drinking waters to three districts, and Naidu was unhappy at this development”, he charged.

Rao also asked the Telangana TD leaders Ramana and Errabelli DayakarRao whether they support the two projects for Telangana people or remain henchmen of Naidu, who was bent on creating hurdles to these projects.  (NSS)

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