Devineni Invites Engineers, Students To Visit Irrigation Projects

Amaravati: Minister for Water Resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, here on Saturday asked the engineers, engineering officials and students to visit the irrigation projects in the State and make self-assessment of the projects.

Speaking at the review of Neeru-Pragati programme, Umamaheswara Rao said that the government had taken up irrigation projects to fight against the drought. All the 13 districts have one or the other project, he said and added that the ground water levels in all the districts have improved in the last two years due to the water harvesting initiatives of the government. He wanted the people, experts and students to visit major, minor and medium irrigation projects which are in different stages.

The Minister said that the government had diverted 55 tmcft of water from Godavari river to Krishna through Pattiseema project using the Polavaram Right Main Canal. This had saved standing crops worth Rs 6 crore, in Krishna delta in the last season, he said.

The Minister said that the government had spent over Rs 22,000 crore on irrigation projects during the last two years and increased the water availability for agriculture and drinking purposes. He further said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was holding a review meeting on the progress of Polavaram Project on every Monday to complete it by 2018. He said the works on 48 gates were in progress at Polavaram project.

The Minister further said that the government was committed to complete all the pending irrigation projects in the State including Handri-Neeva and Galeru-Nagari. This would give sufficient water for the drought-prone Rayalaseema districts, he said.

Krishna district Collector Babu Ahmad, engineer-in-chief Ravikumar, chief engineer Venkateswara Rao and members of the water users association were present at the meeting. Students and teaching staff from 17 engineering colleges around the city also participated in the meeting.

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