Naidu claims high on river interlink, talks big on Polavaram

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need for providing water security to people of all regions in the state. He said it would be possible with linking of rivers. He said that the ICRISAT cited the Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme as best example for integrated water management system in the state.

Addressing a short discussion on Interlinking of Rivers in AP in Assembly today, the Chief Minister said it is right time to plan for utilisation of water flowing into sea from various rivers through linking of rivers. He said  of the total 2860 tmc of water received through rivers from various states, 2212 tmc of water discharged to sea from various rivers including  2097 tmc of water  from Godavari river, 55 tmc from Vamsadhara, 22 tmc from Nagavali, 39 tmc from Paleru and Munneru.

The Chief Minister said 234.9 tmc of water utilised including 76 tmc of Godavari, 56 tmc from Krishna river, 8.7 tmc from Vamsadhara, 7.5 tmc from Nagavali, 12 tmc from Nagarjuna Sagar right main canal, 65 tmc from Srisailam, 6 tmc from KC canal, 2.7 tmc from Gungabhadra, 7 tmc from HLC and .383 tmc from Gajuladinne.

The Chief Minister said of the total water available  148 tmc of water stored in Srisailam, 172.2 tmc in Nagarjuna Sagar, 14.5 tmc from Pulichintala, 19.8 tmc in Somasila, 2.5 tmc in Gorakallu, 13.5 tmc in Veligodu and 10.9 tmc in Yeleru reservoir. He said for the first time 67.3 tmc of water supplied to Rayalaseema region this year.

The Chief Minister said the first phase of Veligonda tunnel will be completed by Sankranti festival next year. The Chief Minister said by linking Godavari and Krishna Krishna delta ayacut was stabilised and the state govt is able to supply water to Rayalaseema reigon. He stressed the need for linking all major rivers in the state including Vamsadhana, Nagavali, Krishna, Penna and Galeru to assure integrated water supply to all regions in the state.

The Chief Minister said the state govt has been providing water to 1.4 cr acres  at present   and a target was set to provide water to 2 crore acres. Referring to progress of Polavaram project works, the Chief Minister said 57.90 per cent project works completed so far and spill way gallery work was planned on Septmber 12. He invited the Assembly Speaker and all the legislators to attend the Polavaram spill way gallery walk.

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