Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 17

Two Years of Accomplishments T After achieving Godavari-Krishna river linkage, the Government’s endeavour is to link Krishna with Somasila, which will help fill up tanks and reservoirs in Nellore, Kadapa and Chittoor districts. he Andhra Pradesh government is prioritising irrigation projects, making efforts for interlinking of rivers and introducing drip and sprinkler irrigation to make the state drought-free. Having completed Pattiseema Lift Irrigation in record time, the Government is now committed to completing the seven priority irrigation projects in a time-bound framework to provide sustainable irrigation. The Chief Minister took it upon himself to complete Thotapally Barrage, Polavaram Right Main Canal, GaleruNagari Sujala Sravanthi, and Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanthi in 2016-17 financial year, and Vamsadhara (Phase II) project, Poola Subbaiah Velugonda project, Gundlakamma Reservoir and the Polavaram Left Main Canal in 2017-18 financial year and Polavaram Phase-I Works by June 2018. To speed up the completion of projects, CM Chandrababu Naidu himself has been camping at project sites at regular intervals and inspecting the ongoing works. JUNE 2016 In tune with priorities, the Plan allocation for the Water Resources sector was increased by 57 per cent, from Rs 4,678.13 crores in 2015-16 financial year to Rs 7,325.21 crores in 2016-17 financial year. An amount of Rs 3,135.25 crores was allocated for accelerated execution and completion of other major irrigation projects in accordance with the time schedule. The Government has earmarked Rs 3,660 crores for the Polavaram project, which being a National Project, will be financed by Government of India. The Plan allocation at Rs 674 crores for Minor Irrigation sector went up by 23 per cent. assistance with a total project outlay of Rs 291 crores that would create an additional irrigation potential of 49,330 hectares. After the linkage of Godavari and Krishna rivers, drinking and irrigation water would be supplied to Rayalaseema from Srisailam project. By 2017, water from Polavaram left canal will be released to Yeleru project. From Yeleru project, water will flow to Visakhapatnam to cater to the drinking and industrial purposes. The works taken up under NeeruChettu programme has contributed to substantial improvement in the ground water levels, especially in the drought-prone districts of Chittoor, Kadapa and Anantapuram. Installation of 1,254 piezometers has enabled realtime monitoring of ground water availability and facilitated scientific management of water resources. The Chief Minister has taken the lead in encouraging building 10 lakh farm ponds under “Panta Sanjeevini” to promote farming in dry spells. The scheme required a huge outlay with an average farm pond of the size of 10 x 10 x 2 metres costing Rs. 61,000, but the Government is sparing no effort to make the program a success. After achieving Godavari-Krishna river linkage, the Government’s endeavour is to link Krishna with Somasila, which will help fill up tanks and reservoirs in Nellore, Kadapa and Chittoor districts. The Chief Minister promised to bring under irrigation 9 lakh acres in north coastal Andhra by linking the Vamsadhara and the Nagavali. “While the Krishna, the Tungabhadra, and the Penna face ever lesser inflows due to projects in the upper riparian States, close to 3,000 tmcft of water is drained into the sea through the Godavari, the Vamsadhara, and the Nagavali. Hence, the government has decided to accord top priority to interlinking of rivers,” said Naidu. The State is implementing the Andhra Pradesh Community Based Tank Management Project with the World Bank assistance to rehabilitate 975 minor irrigation tanks covering an ayacut of 1.2 lakh hectares in 12 districts with an outlay of Rs. 459 Crores. The State is also implementing the Andhra Pradesh Irrigation and Livelihood Improvement Project with JICA ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY), the Government has taken up 15 432 watershed projects in twelve districts, ensuring comprehensive soil and moisture management covering an area of 18.10 lakh hectares with a financial outlay of Rs. 2,290 Crores. Under NTR Jala Sri Phase-1, the administration is providing assured irrigation to 50,000 Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) farmers covering an area of 2.19 lakh acres with an estimated cost of Rs. 385.55 Crores. In addition, during the 2015-16 financial year, 1.24 lakh bore wells, with an outlay of Rs. 196.7 Crores, were sanctioned. v 17