Use Godavari Water To Benefit Rayalaseema, Experts Tell AP Govt

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Amaravati: Agriculture and irrigation experts Yerneni Nagendranath and Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, here on Monday advised the State government to drop the plan to link Godavari and Penna rivers and divert the maximum water from Godavari to Krishna river. They wanted the government to draw the equal amount of water from Krishna river in the upstream of Srisailam reservoir and use it to irrigate lands in Rayalaseema.

Speaking to media persons, Nagendranath said that the plan to link Godavari and Penna rivers is ambitious, expensive and not practical. He wanted the government to increase the intake capacity of the Polavaram Right Main Canal to take 27500 cusecs of water from Godavari river. He wanted the government to divert 4,000 to 5,000 cusecs of water from this canal to Eluru Canal and Ryves Canal to irrigate 4.50 lakh acres of land in Krishna delta. He also advised the government to construct two barrages in the upstream of Prakasam Barrage as part of the inner ring road and outer ring road and use these barrages to store the diverted water from the Godavari river. He suggested that the government could use pumping system to divert the water to the two barrages and the Pulichintala reservoir in the upstream. This would help the government to store 15 to 25 tmcsft of water between Prakasam Barrage and Pulichintala with two more barrages in between.

Nagendranath further said that the government could divert this back water from Pulichintal to the Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal near Piduguralla in Guntur district, which is just 32 kilometers. The Guntur district was not getting the water through the right canal from Nagarjuna Sagar for several years, he said and added that the government by forgetting the release of water from Sagar, could use the Pulichintala water.

In all these schemes would help the government to provide 165 tmcft to delta, 110 tmcft to Nagarjunasagar right canal and 24 tmcsft to Nagarjunasagar left canal, which would amount to 300 tmcft, he said. While drawing 300 tmcft water from Godavari and saving the same amount in river Krishna, the government can divert the equal quantity of water from Krishna river from Pothireddipadu, Veligonda, Handri-Neeva to meet the irrigation requirements of Rayalaseema region, Nagendranath said.

Both Nagendranath and Sobhanadreeswara Rao, sought to advise the State government to declare Srisailam as multipurpose reservoir, increase the MDDL (minimum draw down level) to 854 feet from the present 834 feet. These plans would end the prevailing drought conditions in the Rayalaseema districts and covert the region into the food bowl of the State.

Krishna Delta Parirakshana Samithi convener, Kolanukonda Sivaji, was also present at the media conference.

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