Chandrababu lays foundation stone for Kondaveeti Vaagu lift irrigation scheme

 DARA GOPI

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday laid foundation stone for the lift irrigation scheme on Kondaveeti Vagu, a stream that submerges the capital villages of Amaravati. The lift irrigation scheme, to be established at a cost of Rs 237 crore with 16 powerful motor pumpsets, would pump two tmcft water into Krishna river saving the capital villages from floods. The Mega Engineering Industries would establish this lift irrigation scheme.

The Chief Minister said that the stream had been submerging the villages and the crops over 14,000 acres for several decades. With the lift irrigation scheme, the capital area is free from the floods, he said. The scheme would lift 5,000 cusecs of flood water and send it to the Krishna river, he added. He directed the contractors to complete the project in the next three months and keep the systems ready for the next rainy season.

Chandrababu Naidu thanked the farmers who have given 33,000 acres of lands to the capital, despite some selfish and ill-intended persons instigating them. These forces were trying to stop the capital works through National Green Tribunal, Supreme Court and other forms, he alleged.

 He had appealed to the farmers who have not given their lands to the capital yet, to come out of the influence of those politically-motivated persons and join hands with the government to complete the project.

The Chief Minister said that he had completed the prestigious Pattiseema project in a record time and was making Godavari flood water available for Krishna delta. He claimed that some of the farmers from Karamchedu area of Prakasam district have met him and told him that they were able to produce 50 bags per acre with the Pattiseema water. Such positive statements were helping him go forward taking up several irrigation projects, he added.

Chandrababu Naidu took a dig at Leader of Opposition, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, for blaming the officials for the bus accident and warning Krishna district Collector Babu Ahmmad. He alleged that the leaders were trying to politicise every issue and wondered how the officials are responsible for a road accident. He complimented the good work being done by Krishna district Collector and said that the IAS officer had brought several awards for the State through his initiatives. He said that such sincere officers should be appreciated and encouraged instead of warning them and discouraging them.

Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Ministers Prathipati Pulla Rao and Ravela Kishore Babu, Guntur district Collector Kantilal Dande, Irrigation Engineer in Chief Venkateswara Rao, Tadikonda legislator T Sravan Kumar, Guntur MP Galla Jayadev, Mangalagiri Municipal Chairman G Chiranjeevi, irrigation principle secretary Sasibhushan and others were present.

 

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