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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